Posted: Oct 05, 2018 5:32 pm
by Wortfish
Sendraks wrote:
Wortfish wrote: Was my mind, in a state of grief, conjuring up the image or did the spirit of my late cat make an appearance? How can you determine if I experienced a neruological hallucination or a spiritual experience?

In the absence of evidence to support the latter, the default would be the assumption given that does have an evidential basis.
This is not hard.

But then what is the basis for the "hallucination"? Why and how did my mind conjure it up? I'd like to know because I fail to see how it is possible given that I was fully awake, not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and have no prior experience of seeing ghosts or even believing in their existence. Reason tells me that I must have experienced something paranormal.

I should also point out that I felt something pressing on my body as I was about to go to bed, as my cat used to do, such that I couldn't move. However, I might have been tired at the time and I could have experienced some sort of emotion-induced paralysis. But seeing a grey shadow of my cat rubbing against my leg leaves me with little doubt that my cat's spirit is trying to console me. Of course, if I am right, of course, then there is an afterlife and spirit world and so atheism is probably false.