"My god ... it's full of stars!" - David Bowman neerGreen 2: Soilless grow
Doer gave a perfect example with his velvet reference on how you view experiences. "WOW! I just had an experience that is beyond words and is beyond science. BUT, if I try to label it, thats definitely not what it is, no chance! So instead, Im not gunna trust my self, Im going to discus it with a group of like minded people and see if I can use science to solve it because I am THAT dependent on science!". How can you say you are totally honest with yourself if you dont trust yourself?.. To which you'll say "well, I am probably being fooled by my senses there for claiming any meaning to something thats indescribable, I am lying to myself" IOW, "IT DOESNT MEAN I HAVE A SOUL! IM NO GULLIBLE THEIST!".
I know what I know completely by experience, not reading about something and blindly following it, just experience. And the only explanations you guys could come up with to define my experiences is "Oh, well you just witnessed coincidences...Again and again and again and again! one after another, yep, coincidences." OR "your senses were fooling you, over and over and over and OVER again, humans are prone to illusions" and finally "Your either lying, or your crazy, because for you to be telling the truth, that means my idol (science) knows nothing at all, and spirits exist, making this guy in my display picture a fucking idiot"... If you experienced what I have experienced, you would have DEEP inner conflict, this shit would be digging at your soul. The psych ward would be right around the corner for you because you would not be ready to accept such experiences. It would completely destroy your view of the world (WAY more so than it did mine) and you would feel like a lost scared child and WISH you forget what you experienced.
And for the third time, I know I am not special, all living things are equally divine. Some people may have advantages in knowledge and abilities (certainly not atheists, sorry to say, just speakin the truth) but they are not special. Just like you have somewhat of an advantage with that sacred symbol on your back that benefits you in ways you refuse to understand =). Im jealous of that tattoo, I want that sacred symbol and a couple others tattoo'd on me lol.
Get a load of this;
This guy is absolutely convinced he's seeing a UFO, his sense of sight is LYING to him, convincing his brain he is seeing something he isn't. The reporter and his team set it up so a bunch of big balloons were released a couple miles away in order to TRICK the guy into believing he was seeing a UFO.
All 5 of your senses are susceptible to this exact same process.
After that explanation, you should be able to understand why we view peer review as something absolutely essential to scientific progress.
If you see something you don't understand, it doesn't matter, if you see something you don't understand, write a paper about it, take observations, make calculations, make predictions based on those calculations and come across the exact same thing again as predicted by your calculations and observations, that's science. Trying to skate past this system leads to bunk science and bullshit answers.
Basically, you can't fool thousands of people smarter than yourself who have the ability to test the claims you're making, so if what you present is bullshit, it will quickly be discovered. If on the other hand, each of those thousands of scientists who are smarter than you come to the same conclusions you did, that's science.
"If you can't say it clearly, you don't understand it yourself." - John Searle
And take a 'Trolls gon' Troll...' for the road.
Your type of thinking helps illustrate how irrational a persons mind can be, given certain circumstances, which are exposed with each reply.
So yeah, at least you're contributing that, eh...