This is a continuation of a little debate I’m having with a buddy of mine. I’ve come to ask here cause I’m Frankly stumped. He says when talking about nearly ALL DIFFERENT faiths having visions:
"Now you could argue all of these are some kind of manifestation of the divine, but that we all read into what it means through whatever religion or other information we happen to know already, kind of a Jedi, “the force” thing. This is what I would argue, but I wouldn’t say divine. I would say its a hallucination, or complex illusion created by our incredibly sophisticated brains. If you have seen that hollow clay mask rotating, or other clever optical illusions (I like the rotating snakes one) Our brains are rigged up for pattern recognition, its something we humans are very very good at. If we are of strong religious conviction, is it surprising that we would spot patterns which match that?"
Then onto Fatima we moved and he said:
watch that and forward to 1:38 for confirmation bias. I would recommend watching all five. I especially like the part where he points out that it is inevitable that large groups of people will think of someone within five minutes before they die unexpectedly. Its just a mathematical inevitability.
Nostradamus also promised many signs, nearly all of them are wrong, but people latch onto the ones which seem to be right. This is a confirmation bias.
when I was a kid I actually did stare at the sun, do you know what happens?
*First it burns an after-image into your eyes which is just as vivid as the sun, its red, then blue. The image dances around jumping as your eyes twitch under the abuse you are hurling upon them. The suns then appears to split in two, since the image is burned into each retina. My advice? don’t stare at the sun.
To quote the most quoted report of the events
“The silver sun, enveloped in the same gauzy grey light, was seen to whirl and turn in the circle of broken clouds… The light turned a beautiful blue”
However, its still more likely that since people saw things like rainbow colours it was some kind of localised atmospheric event, dust cloud or ice crystals, there are many documented incidents."*