Originally Posted by Sunnybayes
But anyways, I was wondering because it seemed to Steve like Ron had an influence on blackjack, which has a luck component to it, that
if there are people on the other side who can talk to us, like Ron did with Steve, why couldn't they just make it obvious beyond a doubt to the skeptical earthly beings that they can in fact influence us, and that its just not our own believes influencing our perceptions and our interpretations of our experience and reality?
It's part of the nature of our earthly existence that we're free to choose our beliefs. This part of our free will means we can't be given proof of something that we've chosen to belief is false. We can only see what's in a new room when we willingly step through the door.
Since you've stepped through the door of skepticism, your experience will be subject to the conditions of that room. This basically means you'll interpret everything I would write as a result of confirmation bias.
There's nothing wrong with that. I have no interest in changing your mind because that wouldn't be fair to you. You've chosen your current beliefs for a reason -- because that's what you're here to experience at this point in time.
So from your perspective, you're absolutely right. At this point you cannot be given experiences that would violate the conditions of the room you're in. You'd have to step into a different room for that to occur, but this can only be done by choice. If you continue to interpret your experiences through the lens of skepticism, you'll never be shown anything that would violate your beliefs. You can only be shown things like this third-party story that give you the freedom to dismiss it as confirmation bias.
Again, this is fine. When you're ready to progress beyond skepticism, simply recognize that holding the lens of skepticism is a choice, not an obligation, and take note that you're free to explore other lenses without losing yourself in them.
You are not a skeptic. You're simply holding the lens of skepticism.