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Writer's Block: Would you talk to the dead?

Have you ever participated in a seance? If not, would you consider it? What spirit would you summon and what question would you ask them? Do you believe we can get messages from the dead?

I used to think we could talk to spirits, or the dead. The religion I grew up in believed pretty firmly in the nature of spirits who had passed on, and that they could influence you directly, if you allowed them. Weren't supposed to talk to them directly, but it was in there for sure. Lots of material on it. In fact, they believe there's an entire world of spirits that exists as a plane after death, that you first wake up in.

Later experimentation with pagan philosophy certainly didn't preclude talking to the dead either. I didn't try a seance out... but there is a lot of belief of ghosts and the like. Never tried the seance thing, but I certainly knew of others who would. I didn't really want to bother the dead.

If someone came up to me and proved seances were real, won the Randi prize ( http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/1m-challenge.html ) and suddenly we could talk to the dead? I still wouldn't ask them anything. Let them rest.

Nowadays, I follow a personally agnostic, and publically omniquantist sort of line of thinking. In a multiverse of a functionally incomprehensible number of dimensions, it is potentially possible that every form of belief is right. Ghosts? Sure. Talking to the dead through seances? Why not? Zombies who rise every easter? If that's what works for you, knock yourself out. For myself, I do not see evidence of any of that being possible for me, so I disregard it all.


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Oct. 31st, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
Yes I would talk to the dead, but only in the way that I talk to the living.
As in, "I'm sitting here talking because I want to and you just happen to be here listening."
I believe in spirits, I'm just not sure of the degree of that belief. :/
Oct. 31st, 2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
A very even-handed answer that walks a neat line between atheism and belief. I like your attitude about leaving the dead the hell alone too, even if we *could* possibly talk to them.

Nov. 1st, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
Oh man. If I could talk to the dead I can think of three spirits at least that wouldn't be getting any rest until they'd done some serious explaining. And that's just in my immediate family.
Nov. 3rd, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
I would want to talk to my dad. He died so young I never knew him. As far as spirits go, I was told something that has always stuck. "Spirits can't hurt you, but they can make your hurt yourself".
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