‘The basis of irreligious criticism is: Man makes religion, religion does not make man. Religion is the self-consciousness and self-esteem of man who has either not yet found himself or has already lost himself again. But man is no abstract being encamped outside the world. Man is the world of man, the state, society. This state, this society, produce religion, an inverted world-consciousness, because they are an inverted world. Religion is the general theory of that world, its encyclopaedic compendium, its logic in a popular form, its spiritualistic point d’honneur, its enthusiasm, its moral sanction, its solemn complement, its universal source of consolation and justification. It is the fantastic realisation of the human essence because the human essence has no true reality. The struggle against religion is therefore indirectly a fight against the world of which religion is the spiritual aroma.‘
(Karl Marx: Abstract – The Introduction to Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right)
Religion fulfils the role of providing a sense of profound but otherwise undefined, wonderment for humanity. Following the strictures of Judeo-Christian theology, the religionist view separates the world into the dichotomy of ‘matter’ and ‘spirit’, with spirit being assumed to be the real world, and the material plane presented as the ‘false’ world. The two world are assumed to exist side by side, with the existence of the spiritual world being sustained through the agency of ‘faith’ due to the lack of tangible evidence. The main problem with this model is that the spiritual world of religion is only known and conveyed within the confines of the physical world. This means that religion is only known through that which it is thought to transcend. The material world, although appearing to theology to be transitory and ultimately unreal, is in fact the very vehicle within which religion is generated and perpetuated. Although there is every form of evidence for the existence of the physical world (with regard to it being ‘sensed’), there is no similar evidence to ‘prove’ in the material sense that religion ‘exists’ either on this plane, or any other.
Modern science is irreligious because it is reliant upon the correct observation and recording of physical phenomena. When physical phenomena is correctly categorised and understood by the human mind, the human mind is nolonger functioning in an inverted manner (which sees spirit directing matter), but fully comprehends the fact that physical matter is manipulated through the agency of logically observable cause and effect, and that it is this law that governs the physical processes, and which dictates what happens in the world. As human beings possess an advanced intellect that is capable of planning and building, the world is moulded and transformed through directed human labour. This is just as true for architecture, as it is for medicine, or physics, etc. None of these important subjects are premised upon blind faith, but rather upon the most pristine and clear use of logic and reason. The human mind assesses the exact state of matter, learns how and why it changes, and is able, therefore, to manipulate the direction of that change. It is the power of the human intellect that is able to perform this task, and develop methods that lead to a better physical world for humanity to inhabit. However, as humanity has lived under the directorship of the Christian church for over a thousand years, the habit of gaining comfort from a blind faith is difficult to break.
The paranormal industry is a modern attempt at recreating the mystery associated with theistic faith, or established religion. Its nature is always that of implied ‘other worldliness’, that is never proven to exist, and this is its attraction. Even before the advent of the internet, the paranormal as a subject was known to be a big seller. Today, the paranormal is proliferated throughout the world and generates millions of dollars of income for certain individuals that peddle such a consumable. The paranormal is used as a form of ‘infotainment’, where a story is presented that implies at the very least an unsolvable mystery, and at the very most, as proof of the existence of a hither unseen spiritual realm. None of this transcends the material brain that generates it, and is therefore, a product of the material world. Simply imagining another realm does not mean that this alternative realm exists, regardless of how the facts on this plane are manipulated in a attempt to prove its existence. Every so-called paranormal event has an explanation within the physical world that does not involve religiosity. This is also true of those situations which are baffling at the moment due to a lack of evidence and understanding. A aeroplane that when missing around 60 years ago, for instance, the disappearance of which attracted an immense body of folklore developed around UFO abductions – is found hidden from view in a crash site on the side of a remote mountain. Despite how many times logic and reason triumphs over uninformed speculation, the power of theistic religion always retains its attractiveness to a certain type of human mind. This is odd when it is considered that ‘mystery’ (i.e. ‘not knowing’), is preferred over ‘certainty’, even though humanity has benefited immeasurably through the certainty of ‘knowing’ (i.e. science), and suffered equally immeasurably from ‘not knowing’ (i.e. ignorance).
As a concrete example of the inverted mind at work in the realm of the paranormal, the following entertaining story will suffice:
1815: The case of Diderici Who Vanished into Thin Air!
A prisoner named Diderici did in fact go missing at Weichselmünde prison, but in 1812~1813, not 1815. Due to a previous escape attempt, Diderici had to wear heavy iron fetters at all times. When the prison was surrendered by the French back to the Prussians in 1813, the roll of prisoners was checked and Diderici was found to have the word ‘missing’ written next to his name. When the commandant was questioned about where Diderici was, he offered up his guess that the heavily-weighted prisoner had possibly leaped or fallen into the Vistula River while walking on the walls of the fortress at a moment when he was not being watched… which sounds suspiciously like it wasn’t accidental, though it is also true that Diderici had attempted to escape once already. Perhaps he had tried again, successfully or not. So he did not vanish supernaturally in full view of witnesses, as the legend attests.
(Both Extracts From: http://anomalyinfo.com/Stories/didericis-actual-fate)