Thursday, April 9, 2009 | Categories: Episodes |
What do you believe in that you can't prove?
I'm a believer. In fact, I believe I had the ability to communicate with my cat Oscar. Oscar lived with me her entire life. In many ways she was my best friend and like a daughter to me. My very hairy grey daughter.
Cats have a reputation for being aloof and distinterested in people, but I disagree. Oscar was a very demonstrative and sweet girl. We played games together like, "Hey Sook-Yin, when I sneak up to you and touch my paw on your foot, I want you to chase me."
Those were good times.
We also played fetch and slept in the same bed. Often when I was sad and crying, Oscar would come up to me and lick the tears off my face and kiss me. Now a rational non-believer would claim according to evolutionary theory or some such nonsense, she was just thirsty, or craving sodium in her diet, but come on! Oscar had a bowl of water in the kitchen she coulda drunk from instead! All I know is my emotional connection with Oscar the cat was real. I'm blessed to have known such a supremely gentle and loving being.
So what do you believe in? This week, we'll get the lowdown on such unprovables as mother's intuition (courtesy of DNTO contributor Rachel Sanders), karma (you won't believe who believes in that...), and comedian Dawn Dumont's belief in the power of astrology to get you a date.
And we'll give the "non-believers" a chance to weigh in when we talk with super-skeptic Michael Shermer. He's the publisher of Skeptic magazine... so you know he'll have a thing or two to say about what we believe in.
So make sure you tune in for the show, or download the podcast.
And hey - let us know what you believe by leaving a comment below!