Please read the following sections under Exercise B on page 186 in your textbook, then choose and discuss one (1) of the following events and questions in your initial post. Taking into account the information provided and generally accepted background beliefs, assess the extent to which one of these unusual events is worthy of belief.
- Psychic Surgery, located on page 187
Based on what you have learned about reasonable beliefs, are you willing to accept psychic surgery as a genuine phenomenon, given your beliefs about disease, the human body, human nature, and surgery? Refer to your text to support your answer, citing the applicable information.
- Facilitated Communication, located on pages 187-188
Based on what you have learned in your text, is the claim of facilitated communication with autistic children worthy of belief? Provide support for your answer. Be sure to refer to your text, citing the applicable information.
- Loch Ness Monster, located on page 189
Based on what you have learned about reasonable beliefs, what can one reasonably believe about the Loch Ness monster? Be sure to refer to your text, citing the applicable information.
Once you have posted your initial assignment post, be sure to respond to at least two initial posts by your classmates during the week, as required. Your replies should be well-developed, thorough responses in which you consider their answer and discuss your answer to the event, as well.
For more information about discussion grading criteria, visit the Undergraduate Discussion Participation Policies and Rubric page located in ECPI Resources.
Psychic Surgery Thousands of sick people once traveled to the Philippines from all over the world to seek help from the psychic surgeons who were reported to be performing medical miracles, despite the fact that they were all uneducated and untrained in even the most basic medical procedures. Perhaps the most famous of the psychic surgeons was Tony Agpaoa in Manila. Observers claimed they had watched him many times as he plunged his hand inside a patient’s body and plucked out a tumor, kidney stones, or part of diseased liver or lung. When Agpaoa pulled out his hand, witnesses said, the diseased material would be covered with blood, but there would be no sign of an incision in the patient’s skin. Dozens of patients said that Agpaoa had cured them of their diseases, and often these patients’ own doctors had told them their diseases were incurable or inoperable. Are you willing to accept psychic surgery as a genuine phenomenon, given your beliefs about disease, the human body, human nature, and surgery?
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