Martin Slater’s May 17 letter, Changing beliefs, responding to Myriam Marquez’s May 12 column makes the common mistake of equating religion and spirituality. While religions encourage the development of our spiritual sense, religious dogmas are unnecessary to cultivate one’s own sense of spirituality. Many nonreligious individuals are highly spiritual, keenly in tune with their inner-self and the concept of a creative universal force.
As to the writer’s inclusion of paranormal phenomena in the class of fairy tales and fables, it is revelatory of his lack of acquaintance with the research of reputable scientists who have shown the reality of such phenomena, in particular telepathy, precognition and clairvoyance.
Roberto J. Herrera, Miami