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It could very well have been a placebo effect that undid the sleep paralysis. (And really, I've found it to be a mere annoyance when it happens. Nothing to get distressed about.)
Simultaneous in the same bed? Well, the probability isn't zero...CLOSE to it, perhaps, but not AT zero.
12/14/2011 12:36:04 PM
I wasn't aware that I suffered from something called sleep paralysis until I read this...but I have been able to look it up and understand what happens to me...I actually get really freaked out by it.
12/14/2011 12:44:00 PM
...and I swear to (you know who) that it couldn't be the acid I dropped.
12/14/2011 12:46:02 PM
Once again, the Bible instructs believers to seek the truth and the truth will set you free.
It is silly to speak of demons when studies of sleep paralysis conclusively show that its origins are physical/material in nature. By not accepting the truth of things such as this as they are discovered and proven, believers are making themselves look foolish and marginalizing their religion in general.
12/14/2011 12:56:07 PM
It saddens me to see people living in first world countries who have access to the best education on the planet ignore facts and embrace superstitious nonsense.
I feel this person would be much happier in medieval times, nailing horseshoes to his front door to protect him from elves.
12/14/2011 12:58:54 PM
You appear to be in a state of sleep paralysis full-time.
12/14/2011 1:07:37 PM
I personally had numerous experiences with it. I have absolutely no doubt it is demonic. Some of my experiences were so crazy
Had you just stopped there...
12/14/2011 2:12:05 PM
Why does a film Web site have a religion board?
12/14/2011 2:19:57 PM
Jesus cures his sleep paralysis? Funny, deep breathing and blinking, or just twitching my finger works just fine for me...
Demons can't stand it when you blink, you know.
12/14/2011 2:22:06 PM
Sleep paralysis is not all that uncommon. If two people who sleep together are prone to it, and something wakes them up in the middle of the night, then it is hardly strange or shocking for both of them to have sleep paralysis when they try to go back to sleep.
I used to get sleep paralysis almost every time I tried to go back to sleep if I was awoken in the middle of the night, though I don’t get it much anymore for some reason (...but I ain’t complanin’). If I shared a bed then with someone else prone to sleep paralysis, and something were to wake us up in the middle of the night, then guess what probably would have happened to both of us when we tried to go back to sleep.
Hint: It isn’t demons.
Also, from my own experience, extreme emotion seems to stop sleep paralysis, and so can a persistent effort to move. That’s probably why it wears off for most people people shortly after they freak out or keep trying to move (e.g. to shout for Jesus).
12/14/2011 2:36:46 PM
So we START with a freely-admitted argument from incredulity. Talk about setting the bar low. Sleep paralysis exists so that you don't act out your dreams, thus it makes perfect sense that two people would have it at the same time; why can't you understand this?
12/14/2011 2:55:11 PM
This is just utterly silly.
12/14/2011 3:06:21 PM
So a brain-caused condition (sleep paralysis) is cured by the brain's state of mind (prayer).
That is the textbook case of a perfect candidate for a placebo effect, idiot.
12/14/2011 3:28:12 PM
Gotta be a Poe.
12/14/2011 4:11:18 PM
Everything is demonic possession, isn't it?
12/14/2011 4:33:05 PM
"Two People sleeping together have had sleep paralysis simultaneously, how do you explain that?"
Tide comes in, tide goes out, never a miscommunication. Can't explain that!
12/14/2011 4:40:56 PM
Any believer who uses the non-existent word "Scientism" is a fuckwit. Basically, they're accusing scientists and skeptics of placing blind faith in rational inquiry(WTF?) and not leaving the door open for supernatural explanations. Basically, they're arguing from out of the Dark Ages.
12/14/2011 5:35:21 PM
Oh, and without naturalism, imbeciles like this would lead short, filthy lives of disease and ignorance. Oh wait, they already do.
12/14/2011 5:36:31 PM
Raised by Horses
"Natural explanations for these kinds of phenomena are bunk and humbug! My 2000 year old fairy-tale compilation, on the other hand.."
I don't know about the rest of you, but he's got me totally convinced.
12/14/2011 5:54:22 PM
Well, I'll go so far as to agree that my morning boner is demonic at least.
12/14/2011 6:27:18 PM
"Sleep paralysis" is entirely normal. When one is asleep, the motor centers are turned off. In fact, if one thrashes about when asleep, it might indicate neurological damage. Sometimes, people will become partially awake while the motor centers are still off and become conscious of the paralysis, but that's pretty meaningless.
12/14/2011 6:34:46 PM
Having suffered from sleep paralysis, I can tell you that it is a purely neurological condition and not a result of gods or demons or ghosts or whatever stupid shit you believe in.
Anti-convulsant medications can help alleviate it, and these are actually proven to work, which is more than I can say for saying prayers and casting spells.
12/14/2011 7:32:48 PM
12/14/2011 7:33:02 PM
Naturalism? You mean accepting the fact that we live in Nature, i.e. the real universe, where demons sitting on people's chests doesn't happen?
12/14/2011 8:14:07 PM
And there goes my irony meter. It had held up for so long, too...
12/14/2011 8:59:51 PM
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