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Loogawa  ·  3875 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Lil's Book of Questions: What Should I Believe? (Part 4)

I think that there are usually explanations for things that people deem supernatural, but people may not find them as satisfying as a supernatural answer. Things like mild halucinations, Sleep Paralysis, cognitive biases and optical illusions.

The problem is that these answers can never be known to for sure have caused something, just that they are likely the case. Ironically that while the argument against them is often something along the lines of you can't prove it was a trick of the light/optical illusion that made me see a ghostly figure, the same argument could be applied to saying it is a ghost. At least we know that these tricks can happen to our brains, we don't know ghosts exist.