A lot of the people in these forums have very open minds, which is a great thing, because I love to see other people debate topics and I love to throw in my alternate viewpoints when applicable.
One of the topics a lot of people on these forums are particularly open to (for obvious reasons) is the topic of psychic phenominon. Are psychic experiences caused by people actually being psychic, or are they caused by your body interpreting normal, biological events and twisting them to fit a psychic mindset?
This is my belief:
Single hit and misses, and even strings of "hits" from psychics or from normal people doing readings does not prove psychic ability no more than science can disprove psychic ability by a few tidbits of research here and there. But when science says "This is most likely what happens based on the evidence we have now," than there's a good chance that science is right due to the vast amount of research out there. The little science research that seems to point towards psychic ability often is almost always flawed - the research itself isn't peer reviewed, the research methods themselves are seriously flawed, the subjects are biased, the testing isn't done accurately and so the results are skewed, and so on. If you look, there is probably a research paper here or there that demonstrates a finding of psychic ability... but it'd be one in a sea of millions that say the opposite, and there are probably flaws with the paper and research itself.
So if you have to choose one - psychic experiences are genuinely psychic or can be explained by science - which one would you choose? Go with what your gut says, as if you have to decide *right now*. After you vote, post what makes you side with your choice.
The goal isn't for everybody to argue with each other what it is - real or not! - but to get a consensus on what makes up everybody's unique belief system. If you genuinely believe in psychic abilities, what influences your choice? And you to, science folk, what makes you put so much faith in science and less in personal experiences?
Obviously, I go with science... for the above reasons.
I don't claim to know everything that science knows, so I'll be the first to say that a lot of your specific questions directed at me (if any!) dealing with the scientific understanding about paranormal activities will be "I don't know". But I do know the major gists of everything, which provides enough evidence for me to side with science and logic.