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commented on Sept. 21, 2013
"Healthy skepticism plays an important part in science, and stimulates research and critical thinking. Healthy skeptics are open-minded and interested in evidence. By contrast, dogmatic skeptics are committed to (for example) the belief that "paranormal" phenomena are impossible" Rupert Sheldrake. (Emphases added)
So is dogmatic skeptical science a religion or belief system in every way but name? Are there areas of science which are taken as " the gospel truth" that do not have sufficient evidence to sustain such faith? The idea that the mind is in the brain only, for example, does not coincide with such old sayings as "I have a gut feeling", "that leaves a bad taste in the mouth" or the more famous "he is a pain in the ass". All of which refer to an emotional feeling of the mind and the mind as the whole body not just the brain.
The sense of being stared at, a common occurrence, indicates that the mind is extended and can even effect other people. This is part of the so call "paranormal phenomena" of extra sensory perception (ESP) which is treated as taboo by the science community as a whole. The reason is that it is not part of the belief system of science. It has no known explanation, according to materialistic science, so it can not be real, is the dogma of science. A non science.
Should not this phenomena be scientifically investigated?
Religion admits it is based on faith. Science makes no such admission and yet relies on faith to keep it afloat.
So is science a faith based system that should be called a religion?