(Psychological Paradoxes & Puzzles — 3)
A Contradiction in the Thinking of a Thinker
(Strictly speaking, this is not a paradox, but rather a contradiction in the thinking of a man who prides himself in being beyond self-contradictions.)
An educated man I know thinks the idea of ghosts is a primitive superstition. Last year his mother died. Recently he dreamed his mother and another dead relative came to him inquiring if he had taken care of the paper work required for them to move to another state or country. He said he had. Even in the waking state after this dream in which he dutifully carried out an obligation to the dead, he didn't think twice about looking down on and ridiculing those he heard saying they saw a ghost or communicated with the dead. How do you explain this apparent contradiction?