I read an interesting article yesterday here that examines the line between skepticism and denial (the actual link is below as that seems to not be working).
“There is a distinction between skepticism and denial. There are some deniers who pass themselves as being of the noble title of skeptic unopposed, because the distinction is not readily recognized or made by the general public, and therefore evades the common vernacular. I’ve seen a famous skeptic drift into the denier column on subjects like the paranormal to the point that when asked if his opinion would change if he experienced these things firsthand, he replied that he would immediately admit himself to a hospital where they could find the brain tumor, chemical imbalance, etc that would have to be responsible for the ‘hallucination’. And he was quite serious.”
I myself now believe that consciousness exists outside of our bodies. I have read various studies conducted by intelligent, respected and educated people, for example an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences. The evidence for me stacked up in favour of belief. Saying ‘I don’t believe that because there isn’t the evidence’ just doesn’t work in the face actual studies that have been carried out. Of course one can say ‘that does not fit my idea of actual evidence’ and the argument can continue to infinity…