Has this ever happened to you? Someone is telling you about an amazingly unbelievable something they saw on Ghost Hunters or Monster Quest or Troll Patrol or Chupacabra Squares — a something so unreal that it proves for them the paranormal is real. And in response, you express doubts …
And after expressing your doubts about the reliableness of evidence from a TV show, have you ever been accused of being “Close-minded”?
The number-one comeback response to anyone who does not believe in ghosts, UFOs, Bigfoot and shadow government is that the doubter needs to be more OPEN-MINDED to supernatural possibilities. It’s a sort of backhanded insult to throw at someone, a way to tell them politely that they are stubborn, pig-headed, and unwilling to open their eyes. Hey, I freely admit to doing this to people. Whenever anyone expressed doubts over Bigfoot, I was the first to say they needed to get an open mind.
But you know, ever since Kentucky Slim, The Conduit and I started this lil podcast I’ve come to question my own beliefs. It first started a few years ago when I heard that people actually had reasonable doubts about the famous 1967 Patterson Gimlin Sasquatch film … you know, the one EVERYONE has seen. My honest, first reaction was to think that the doubters were morons, and it was insane to not believe that film. I was reacting like they had insulted a religious artifact — and that reaction sort of surprised and scared me. To believe in fringe topics you need an open mind, yet I had become so convinced in the fringe I had actually closed my mind to reasonable questions. How had I sunk to THAT point?
So recently I’ve really been trying to re-assess what exactly being “open-minded” really means. I’ve found this nice little youtube clip which explores this very question, and if you have time I highly recommend it. It will make you feel a little better about being able to doubt that hot ghost hunter on TV and STILL have an open mind.