(12-29-2013, 07:37 AM)Below Average Genius Wrote: As to Blavasky's claims, she lived in an era where she could not prove her claim because there was not enough scientific know how.
Rather it is interesting to look at the statements made in earlier eras to see if they are later validated by science.
Sometimes, we discover that indeed the person was on to something even if they couldn't prove it in a laboratory. Sometimes the person isn't exactly right, but they do contribute to our knowledge.
That's why doctors study Hippocrates, Galen and Paracelsus even if those old guys weren't always correct.
you know it would have been sensational if she had known that some cells in the pineal gland resemble those of an eye before science even found out... but this was not the case... she even talks about who gave her the idea of the pineal gland being an eye in "the secret doctrine". she said it was a biologist or physician called "professor lankester" or "lankster"... don't remind his name.
back in the days people believed that the pineal gland is the very center of our thoughts because it was such a weird structure and lied in the very center of our brains - some even claimed the pineal gland was the interface between our "souls" and "the material world"... descartes was one of them.
what blavatsky did was nothing more than what most charlatans do today: mixing up scientific findings which are unexplainable or difficult to understand with their religious bullshit to come up with ludicrous theories about how the world works.
and your post regarding extraordinary proof is wrong.
an extraordinary claim is extraordinary because it has no basis in reality. therefore you would need an extraordinary proof to prove it.
1000 people claim to have witnessed that i can read other persons minds.
under normal circumstances this would have been sufficient proof but unfortunately telepathy isn't something normal that is explainable with what we know about reality therefore it needs an extraordinary proof: someone needs to come over and test my telepathic abilities with special tests and in a special laboratory because i could be a conman, right?
another example: witch trials. if the judges insisted upon an extraordinary proof for those extraordinary claims no person would have been harmed.