Powerful Quotes On Paranormal & Parapsychology

August 07, 2023 1:00 AM ‐ Paranormal

The realm of the paranormal has long been a topic of deep fascination, speculation, and mystery. It straddles the fine line between the known and unknown, between what's seen and unseen, and taps into our deepest fears, hopes, and curiosities about the universe and our place in it.

This collection of quotes, plucked from a variety of sources - physicists and psychologists, historians and novelists, skeptics and believers - offers a cross section of perspectives on the paranormal. Some emphasise the importance of evidence and scientific rigour while others point to the limits of our knowledge and the tantalising allure of the unknown.

These quotes remind us that, regardless of our stance on the existence of the paranormal, the questions it raises about reality, human nature, and the mysteries of the universe are worth contemplating.
"We don't set out to prove or disprove the existence of ghosts, instead our work is all about trying to understand why people consistently report odd experiences."
Richard Wiseman, psychologist
"Just because you haven't seen a ghost, does not mean a ghost has never seen you."
Sign at Jamaica Inn, Cornwall

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"All houses wherein men have lived and died. Are haunted houses."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet
"It is an indubitable fact that the manifestations which take place at séances depend more upon the nature, disposition, and state of mind of those present, than on the psychical development of any medium; and that where incredulity, and especially scoffing, is felt, the spirits will not, or cannot, manifest themselves or demonstrate."
Alfred Russel Wallace, naturalist
"I have never read horror, nor do I consider The Exorcist to be such, but rather as a suspenseful supernatural detective story, or paranormal police procedural."
William Peter Blatty, author of ' The Exorcist'
"Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality."
Carl Sagan, astronomer and author
"Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination."
Edward Abbey, author
"It's become more and more respectable within mainstream academic careers for people to investigate this phenomenon because whether ghosts exist or not, the phenomenon of people believing in ghosts certainly exists, and that means something."
Deborah Hyde, editor of The Skeptic Magazine
"We use these things as stop gaps for things we can't explain. We don't believe them because of evidence, we believe them because of a lack of evidence."
Carrie Poppy, podcast host and paranormal investigator
"The difference between being skeptical about something and being in denial is very subtle but very important. Someone who is skeptical is willing to test their own hypothesis, their own assumptions. They're actually looking for the truth, even if it turns out that they were wrong."
Dr. Spiros Michalakis, physicist
"It use to be far more acceptable to talk about ghosts and hauntings. I think there is a reason why ghost beliefs has persisted for so long, either they definitely exist or we really need them as a society."
Danny Robins, podcast host
"For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible."
Stuart Chase, economist and author
"The persistent failures of controlled, double-blind experiments to support the claims of parapsychology suggest that what's going on is nonsense rather than sixth sense."
Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist
"Energy isn't something in and by itself. Energy, like momentum or velocity is a property of something."
Sabine Hossenfelder, theoretical physicist
"No matter how credible you think your paranormal team is, remember that the majority of the population just think you're wasting your time on ghost hunts. So drop the egos and just have fun."
Steve Higgins, Higgypop.com
"We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey."
John Hope Franklin, historian
"The popularity of the paranormal, oddly enough, might even be grounds for encouragement. I think that the appetite for mystery, the enthusiasm for that which we do not understand, is healthy and to be fostered. It is the same appetite which drives the best of true science, and it is an appetite which true science is best qualified to satisfy."
Richard Dawkins, evolutionary biologist and author
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