I have had serious dealings with death. I use to work at a funeral home.
It was my job to sell you funeral services and caskets BEFORE you died. That's why I wasn't aFuneral Director, they need a Masters degree and only sell that stuff to your relatives AFTER you have died. Plus they do one or two other things. All I needed was a Life/Health Insurance license which is laughable easy to get.
So basically, I sold caskets door-to-door.
It doesn't matter what the subject of the claim is, it doesn't matter who's making the claim, "belief" in the nonreligious sense of the word is a quality which should be earned by supporting your position with evidence and sound reasoning, not the default state adopted whenever a claim is made.
And one more thing; that something is presently unexplained does not mean that it is unexplainable in principle, and nor should the fact that an event or phenomenon is presently unexplained mean that we lower our standard of evidence such that we can accept any explanation that is proposed even if it's extremely implausible. It doesn't matter whether we prefer one idea to another, or what we "feel" is true, either we hold claims to a basic standard of evidence, or we abandon any pretense that we have advanced beyond tribal savages leaving offerings at the foot of a volcano to appease the angry Fire God.
I think I might be arachnaphobic. :S
Anyways, I understand NCK, but I quite enjoy these discussions, even if I don't agree with everything that's being said. As long as everyone remains civil in disagreeing, no harm is done if you ask me.