Surely finding the yeti would boost the economy!
An expert on the paranormal, who bills himself online as "the GhostHunter", is set to become one of Britain's members of the European Parliament, according to reports. The Financial Times says that Rupert Matthews is "poised" to become the next Conservative MEP for the east Midlands. Matthews has apparently had over 200 books …
Did he consult his ethereal friends before deciding to stand for election? He wouldn't throw his hat in the ring if he knew he was going to lose. So there's no point contesting the seat and it's a self-fulfilling prophecy.
But if he does lose, that debunks his paranormal claims.
Paranormal researcher (let´s pretend that is actually a thing) might indeed be qualified for navigating a "Brussels labyrinthine bureaucracy".
Off the top of my head, Czech Republic and Italy had at a time a pop singer and (female) stripper in their national parlaments, respectively. I´d very much like to hear the explaining of their qualification. On the other hand, maybe not...
There are plenty of things about the world which are not yet backed by hard evidence. In fact most science starts as a hunch or an imaginative idea about an unexplained phenomenon. Static electricity is pretty weird. Rubbing pieces of amber with cats fur sounds like occult magic. The effect is subtle, it can pick up bits of tissue paper but it can't lift a man.
You could go through your entire life ignoring static electricity and be none the worse. Your ignorance of the phenomena would not negate the truth that it exists.
If you limit yourself to what others thoroughly understand then you will never discover anything new. If you are sensitive to subtle new ideas which don't yet have a solid foundation then you might learn something new.
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