Bell Witch Skeptics and the Issues They Face

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  1. Mark says:

    You know, Laura, I am a student of and have great respect for science, but from time to time I question some perspectives devised through this school of thought. Science utilizes logic as well as other modes of analysis. How is mass hallucination logical when multiple witnesses of varying backgrounds and educational levels make closely similar or identical claims regarding such phenomena? Wouldn’t that be a contradiction? It certainly would, yes.

    Universal testimony regarding such phenomena, however, wouldn’t prove the existence of the paranormal, but it would conclude that what people witnessed likely happened. The actual source may be up for conjecture.

    The point: mass hallucination is a weak argument in terms of logic and even the scientific measure where a studied claim becomes stronger according to high numbers. How do skeptics justify this excuse?

    Still, as an objective writer and researcher myself, I am against automatically jumping to any conclusion without thorough evaluation and the presence of concrete evidence. This includes logic, even without if the evidence suggests so, for going against evidence is illogical. Of course, the world consists of more than merely the physical. Human experience, even science itself, has dictated this many times over.

    I ask: What concrete evidence exists beyond the high number of witnesses? To which conclusions does that evidence presently point? Well, obviously the findings offer nothing yet irrefutably conclusive, otherwise the subject wouldn’t still be in debate at this time. The skeptics will continue because it is in their nature to do so. They believe what they believe, so evidence would not really hold any weight with them. I guess that goes for many.

    • Laura Wright says:

      No, I don’t think there can be definitive proof after all this time. We’ve lost too much info. Although, I think shows like When Ghosts Attack, on Destination, prove similar hauntings still take place, where people are hurt or even die from the encounters. I don’t think skeptics really care about how logical their assumptions are, in much of anything. For most of them, I don’t think any amount of proof would convince them. I probably said before I think the hyper-skepticism we see today has ruined much of what made science so wonderful.

      Ultimately, it’s up for grabs when it comes to how it happened, or even why, in the grand scheme of things. I just provide my own theory, based upon what evidence I can locate. No other haunting has an ending quite so neatly packaged, Bell died, and the spirit behaved for a couple of weeks before it was gone altogether. It wasn’t exorcised, wasn’t confronted in spiritual defiance, it just left of its own accord. I think I could see a vengeful spirit more if Bell were some kind of criminal or murderer. Not just a simple planter with a farm. They had slaves, but weren’t overtly cruel or degrading as far as I can find. I know just one of the Bell’s house slaves had 7 children, and he kept them together as a family. Many others would’ve sold them all off. I think they were emancipated after the Bell parents died, because most of the kids moved out-of-state.

      I’ve hit the old books on the Bell Witch haunting for several years. I guess since I watched An American Haunting, and was so disappointed. I have a few more related articles to post, and then I should be done with it for a while. I have a stack of research on many topics, but can’t seem to find the time to finish them. I’m hoping when son is out for Christmas vacation, I’ll get caught up. I hope.

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