Why do people who don’t believe in paranormal answer questions just to tell the asker they are stupid?

Why do people who don’t believe in paranormal answer questions just to tell the asker they are stupid?
If you don’t believe in the paranormal then why come in this section in the first place? Just ignore it. People who ask questions want an answer from someone who isn’t completely close minded.

Answer by Flygon S
Cuz ur stupid

Answer by Tyler
They want people who believe in things they don’t to stop.

Answer by vampire teeth
you are exactly true, see you cant find paranormal believers alone! paranormal is one thing that is same as all other stuff, its all about belief!

if u believe in one thing you can talk about it, like I believe about spirits so i talk about their existence and when another who doesn’t believe in ghost?? speaks negative about it! because everything has +ve and -ve so don’t worry, take the suggestions which you need!

Skeptics answering paranormal questions?
Why are so many skeptics answering people’s paranormal questions? Why are they even browsing this category if they don’t believe in this stuff? As a 100% believer, it’s very frustrating to see so many people answering questions with “there’s no such thing as ghosts”. I have seen and experienced far too much that can’t be explained to actually think that there is no such thing as ghosts.

Answer by Evill Llamas
Because they want to tell people there are no such things as ghosts?
Use your head a bit more- or maybe that’s why you believe in ghosts and wizards?

Answer by No Chance Without River Euphrates
I think it’s a tad unrealistic to post questions/answers regarding ‘paranormal’ activity and not expect to receive a considerable amount of attention from ‘skeptics’.

The fact that you are unable to explain the things that you claim to have seen/experienced does not give your claims validity.

Some are obviously just here to troll you, or rile you up – others might be concerned about the alarming number of people who continue to believe in superstitious (paranormal or religious) nonsense.

I believe that you believe you have had supernatural/paranormal experiences, but barring any evidence or proof to back them up – they remain conjecture.

(edit: I don’t typically post here, but within a few minutes of reading questions – I’ve already found at least one person who was concerned about ‘paranormal’ feelings that I honestly think might be early signs of a seizure condition – not that all people who have paranormal beliefs have medical conditions, but in this case they were chasing down ghosts, when they might have a very real and possibly dangerous problem).

Answer by romantic_guyforever
Muslims believe in Ghosts. However, according to our beliefs human spirits do not linger on earth after death, but there are unseen creatures called jins or jinnies.Its mentioned in our holy book (Quran) that Jin ( ghosts in arabic language) do exist. And they are creatures like human beings. But they are made of fire. even ghosts have different religions. some are friendly and some are aggreassive.

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22 Responses to Why do people who don’t believe in paranormal answer questions just to tell the asker they are stupid?

  1. Rainnelor May 14, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    I understand your annoyance actually. It bothers me, not because I have any trouble arguing with a skeptic, but because people ask questions that are of real concern for them and often get back something like, “see a psychiatrist” … which even a skeptic must know is uncalled for!

    It is one thing to express your own opinion; it is another to ridicule people who are wanting to know about something specific that they have observed. (And NO, you DON’T know they did not observe it…because you cannot know everything now can you?)

    (PS. THANK YOU Kevin P. for addressing this Randi’s challenge thing. It has been parroted a million times and appears to be the ‘answer of choice’ for all the skeptics posting.)

  2. Mark F May 14, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    This is a Q&A forum, yes? Presumably when one asks a question it is because there are things they want to know or learn, right? Yet you would have answers censored so that they won’t offend you but will perhaps deny the person asking the question pertinent information.

    Shame on you.

  3. Kevin P May 14, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    Because they are as dedicated to protecting their belief system as anyone else. Yes skeptics will go on and on about how its not a belief system and they’d be happy to find proof they were wrong but the evidence is against them. For one a number of studies have produced statistically signifigant results (the ganzfield tests in particular) strong enough a number of noted skeptics have even acknowledged that by the standards of any other field of science psychic ability has been proven (notably psychologist and fellow of CSI Richard Wiseman) although they usually insist more evidence is needed. They’ll also tout out things like James Randi’s challenge to anyone who claims to have proof and then ignore the numerous real problems this circus act of a challenge has (claiments that have shown something statistically signifigant enough to warrant further testing who were completely dismissed because Randi uses unreasonable standards, and of course randi’s penchant for altering the terms of a test on his own personal whim). Also studies have shown that skeptics react the same way as believers do to anything that challenges their world view soyagain yeah they feel the need to come in and bash everyone who disagrees with them mostly out of fear they might be wrong.

  4. CORIAN THE GREAT May 14, 2012 at 7:50 am #

    I see you’re not a believer in free speech

    I’ve had ten years off (hard core) spiritualism
    and still no real answers you do the math
    I’ve seen people throwing away there lives and loved ones because of this subject (and that includes me) and then there are those out there that are just making s*** up in order to sound interesting
    I just believe that people jump to conclusions without proper Intelligent or logical reasoning

  5. Jimmy Corn May 14, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    Because it’s easy.

  6. Erin May 14, 2012 at 7:21 am #

    Amen. I answered this on another question like this, but wanted to share again.

    I usually compare it to a bunch of vegetarians invading a meatloaf recipe forum. You guys don’t belong here. Go home. Just… no. (Not saying there’s anything wrong with being vegetarian or anything, just a comparison).

    It’s pretty selfish if you think about it. Like, I guess from their point of view, ghost are absolutely fake… so they have to tell the whole world and discourage anyone who believes. But I don’t think that’s fair. I think there must be some place in their heart, where they know they’re just unsatisfied with their lack of… excitement, thrill, or personal paranormal experience that they have to go and discourage and confuse everyone who needs paranormal or spiritual guidance.

    If you don’t get it- stay out. If you don’t understand math, don’t try to answer math questions. If you don’t understand science, don’t try to answer science questions. If you don’t understand the paranormal, don’t answer paranormal questions. Stick to your forte. Cause you’re not helping anyone, though you could be if you stayed in the sections you were good at.


    Alright I’m done. That felt good to get off my chest.

  7. military supporter May 14, 2012 at 7:17 am #

    It is not the skeptics who are the issue. It is the nonbelievers pretending to skeptics who are the issue. NO amount of evidence will ever convince them because they refuse to listen to the evidence and prefer their myopic preconceived opinions and are so arrogant that they think are the only ones who can be correct.

  8. worrier May 14, 2012 at 6:43 am #

    Everyone is entitled to their own view point. They are stating what they believe to be true, just as you do. Granted, some could be a bit more tactful in their answers, or if they simply answer with ghosts are not real just to get their view out there without answering said question it might be best if they just move on. BUT they have every right to answer the question or ignore it, as long as they and everyone else follow the TOS. Just like skeptics can ignore so can you. Unfortunately, yahoo decided to put this section in the science category, which probably wasn’t the best fit.

    You may believe in ghosts, but skeptics do not. There is no wrong or right viewpoint, only differing ones.

  9. John May 14, 2012 at 6:33 am #

    Because you’re in the Science & Mathematics category, where science minded people tend to hang out. This paranormal sub-category is not intended for sharing of mystical woo-woo but for scientific Q&A on aspects of the paranormal, specifically in how it is investigated and what experiments are done. Those using the category for non-scientific Q&A are essentially abusing it.

    Personally, I’m here because I like to help people investigate and understand the world, and I find it interesting why people believe in things like ghosts and other invisible, undetectable, unmeasurable, scientifically unknowable things.

  10. Handy Leatherette May 14, 2012 at 6:10 am #

    I answer them because I can’t seriously believe grown adults actually buy into paranormal bunk.

  11. Dr.Nice Guy May 14, 2012 at 5:47 am #

    No chance without river Euphrates has given you the definitive answer.
    While you may believe you’ve seen and experienced what can’t be explained, a skeptic may not. Don’t forget, paranormal or not, this is a science section, you should expect to be asked for evidence and have your claims questioned.
    Instead of telling people you’re right, turn your energy toward proving it.

  12. Leibstandarte-SS May 14, 2012 at 5:12 am #

    Simply because there is always an logical explaination for every natural events…
    Like a blur on a photograph is way more likely to be a weather balloon than a spaceship and a ghostly old woman wandering around an old church is far more likely to be a hallucination or, you know, an actual confused old woman.

    As for the sudden dread feeling, researchers have found that sounds between 7 and 19 Hz it could induce fear, dread or panic.
    Even animals can create it, and tigers are particularly well known as a source. The frequency of a tiger’s roar is around 18Hz — right in that range mentioned earlier. All of the things that create the sound are huge, powerful and dangerous. Evolution might have taught us that this sound means Bad News!
    So now we have a phenomenon that occurs in nature, is invisible, is imperceptible on a conscious level, but can spontaneously make you feel irrational fear, even if you’re sitting in an empty room. Notice how science just described one of the first and primary signs of a “haunting” — unexplained feelings of fear or dread

  13. Tom May 14, 2012 at 4:25 am #

    Skeptics usually do not KNOW very much about the phenomena itself—-(They dont beleive in it so why study it in any detail?)
    Most “Skeptics” are best termed as “Pseudo- Skeptics” (PSs) They dont beleive in certian phenomena for reasons other than “logical” ones. To DENY something exists can serve several psychological purposes. 1- it can make one FEEL ” smart” that is, KNOWING EVERYTHING. if a phenomenom is “unknown”, denying it exists solves the mystery right then and there, keeping one’s ego and know it all status intact. 2. Not knowing enough about a phenomenom can lead to FEAR and a lot of “what if’s”. PS’s likely take Horror movies and folk tales perhaps a bit more seriously than even the “flakey” beleivers do. Saying the phenomena does not exist, is a very common way of dealing with these fears. 3. Then there are the “authoritarian” governmental types. THEY want to be the “Gods” and ultimate power in the eyes of the public. “When they take over someday” they will forbid religion, god, or anything else of a scientific “unknown” nature. THEY will be the “Supreme Power”.
    A REAL Skeptic (RS) analyzes things on a case by case basis and is willing to change his/her mind to conform with the evidence. Really, its very FOOLISH to ignore any phenomena, simply because there may be superstitious folk tales associated with it.—If it is THERE it is THERE. the problem is to find our what it really IS. Is anybody today SO foolish to think that there are no NEW Scientific discoveries to be made? That we Discovered all there was to know 100 or 50 or 20 years ago? ANY NEW Science WOULD be in the “Unknown” category today, just as it had been in the past—like what was lightning? or Does radioactivity exist?
    In one respect the skeptics ARE right–THERE IS NO “SUPERNATURAL” As such. BUT we must not forgetThat “Supernatural” it is the NATURAL that is not been discovered yet. Ignoring new Phenomena, simply because one does not like a folk tale associated with it, is the height of foolishness and not very Scientific.

  14. William May 14, 2012 at 4:09 am #

    I imagine that some who offer skeptical answers are merely trying to upset people, Others are probably trying to correct what they perceive as a misunderstanding of reality. This latter group I can sympathize with as I find that at least 75%, and probably far closer to 90% of things that are believed to be paranormal are in fact perfectly normal. Likewise, in the scientific literature it is far easier to find accounts of disproving paranormal things than the accounts that have credible controls and still arrive with data that indicates something inexplicable occurring. Science, as it currently exists, has a bias against anything that it cannot explain and is not virtually universally experienced.

  15. chocolahoma May 14, 2012 at 3:49 am #

    Why do atheists troll the religion and spirituality pages?

    Why do meat-eaters troll the vegan pages?

    Why do flat-Earthers troll the astronomy section?

    Some people get a thrill from it. Others feel the need to challenge beliefs that they feel are wrong. Others are just mean little bas***ds. Most of them would leave if people didn’t respond to them.

  16. Tom May 14, 2012 at 3:00 am #

    A REAL skeptic would back up what they say with a counter argument. Here you are talking about PSEUDO Skeptics, who are “Skeptical” for emotional , rather than logical reasons. The very idea of certain “paranormal” events frightens them (they get their info from the movies and scary books) the only way they can deal with it is to DENY it exists. They often go out of their way to do that, putting down anyone who wants to discuss paranormal seriously. Its the only way they can get to sleep at night.
    Some are just “wise a**es” who are trying to impress with their “Superior knowledge” . They heard somewhere (from a cartoon show, etc., that “smart people don’t believe in the paranormal” So they join in with the put downs–despite the fact that they do not know beans about the subject. Notice this type of Pseudo Skeptic will also not say WHY he supposedly believes as he does.

  17. EPIC WIN! May 14, 2012 at 2:17 am #

    Exactly. It’s idiotic. It’s like anti body mod people answering questions about piercings or tattoos. It’s rude, uncalled for, and just wastes time.

    @eri Paranormal Phenomena is its own section so they DO have a warning to what kinds of questions they will be faced with.

  18. wilds_of_virginia May 14, 2012 at 1:27 am #

    “The paranormal does not exist.” What an arrogant statement! These same know-it-alls so easily forget that at one time earthquakes, tornadoes, and infectious diseases were in the realm of the paranormal. Who knows how our understanding of reality will advance in the next hundred years. I certainly don’t. And I’m not going to say what is possible and what is not.

  19. eri May 14, 2012 at 1:22 am #

    Please do some research before asking questions; this is asked constantly. This is the Science section. Yahoo put this section in the Science section so that people could get scientific answers to their questions, whether they want them or not. And until Yahoo puts it in religion or entertainment where it really belongs, you will have scientists here answering your questions.

    Nothing paranormal has ever been shown to exist. When people make paranormal claims, we ask them to provide evidence. We’d be happy to study the paranormal if anyone could just show there’s anything at all to it – but in thousands of years of people making wild claims, no one has EVER been able to prove it. So who’s the close-minded one – the person willing to change their mind when presented with evidence, or the one who isn’t willing to consider they’re completely wrong and basing their opinions on nothing at all? That’s right, it’s you.

    Some poster needs to recall that tornadoes, earthquakes, and disease are all very easy to observe and measure. Just because we didn’t always know how to explain them does NOT mean they didn’t exist. They quite obviously did. But nothing paranormal can be observed or measured or demonstrated in any way.

  20. Dr.Nice Guy May 14, 2012 at 12:47 am #

    I think calling anyone stupid is mean and not very helpful.
    Telling people they’re wrong and pointing them in a more sensible direction on the other hand is a kindness.

  21. Gary May 14, 2012 at 12:20 am #

    Because they have nothing better to do then put down other people. I know exactly what you mean hun :) Don’t let it get too you.

  22. Elizabeth Williamson May 14, 2012 at 12:18 am #


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