Being a true stalwart of empiricism, it is clear that no-one is going to impress you with anything, any idea, thought, or concept, unless it is supported by objective evidence, something that can be weighed, measured, wrapped-up in a material package and delivered to your door. I very much admire your resilience to alternative perspectives, given that there is so much psychobabble out there.
I don’t expect for one moment that the following will sway you in any way, but there could be others out there with whom this might resonate.
I refer to a passage referring to ‘metaphysical’ phenomena from a book by the Russian writer and philosopher, P.D Ouspensky, one-time-student of the Greek-Armenian teacher G. I Gurdjieff, who founded the ‘Institute for the Harmonious Development Man’ in Fontainebleau, France:
‘It is a complete absurdity to think that it is possible to study phenomena of a higher order like ‘telepathy’, ‘clairvoyance’, forseeing the future, mediumistic phenomena and so on, in the same way as electrical, chemical, or meteorological phenomena are studied. There is something in phenomena of a higher order which requires a particular emotional state for their observation and study. And this excludes any possibility of ‘properly conducted’ laboratory experiments and observations’.
Referring once again to ‘ideas’ ‘thoughts’, ‘concepts’, which have no material existence (in your view), I personally view them as being as ‘material’ as the genes that make up your physical presence, but of a higher, finer order. ‘Bright’ ideas, profound concepts, are like metaphysical ‘genes’, dominant and successful enough to ‘self replicate’ in the minds of millions, billions of human brains across centuries,
Wishing you well...