Charles Darwin evolved from a younger to an older man.

1925 Scopes “Monkey” trial.

 A Brief History of How Science and Religion Failed

In 1859 Charles Darwin went to visit far-away places, and he figured out an uncomfortable truth – it really, really looked like the Bible might not be as much of a historically accurate account of how we all got here as we were led to believe.

This turned up the heat on the long-simmering feud between science and the church. The church was enormously uncomfortable with science as it brought into question the very foundation of God as the creator. And scientists ran as far away from anything that they thought was remotely involved with religion, including “the afterlife”. Studies involving anything remotely connected to existential questions were rarely conducted, and when they were, the scientists involved were often ridiculed. Studying the most important question to humankind was a career-ender.

Between the condemnation from both church and science, it’s no wonder that scientifically trained people are afraid to look into paranormal experiences. And as a result, we have television shows and Youtube channels full of people who usually use very shoddy methodologies and measurement, or who completely fabricate the activity they purport to record. This has had a very negative impact on the study of ghosts as a serious scientific quest.

Our choices are then to believe nothing because the church says it’s sinful, to believe nothing because science says it’s impossible (without proof), or to believe nothing because the closest we can get to the analysis of this subject is to consume fabricated or scientifically dodgy “evidence”. If there is any real evidence out there, it is bound to go unnoticed. I hope to change that.

I think it’s time for us to trust in our own experiences.

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