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Belief in ghosts is on the increase


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#16    freetoroam

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 10:30 AM

View PostAlienDan, on 16 September 2013 - 12:44 AM, said:

It's probably because of all the fake ghost shows and fake ghost videos on youtube.


Yes, but its those who do not recognise they are fakes which are upping the stats.

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 10:48 AM

View PostAngel1510, on 15 September 2013 - 10:31 PM, said:

There has been a steady decline in christian religion church goers in the UK and also around the world over past few decades.  People have a fundamental need to believe in something.  We need to know there is something else or something better after our days on this earth.  Afterall, there is no scientific evidence of god either but millions of people believe in him.

But if one is a Christian, they should believe in ghosts, demons, spirits, etc. because all of that is in the Bible.

You would think that if the number of religious folks was decreasing, then fewer people would believe in the paranormal.

Personally I believe the above hypothesis that it's all related to television, books, and movies.

Edited by Rafterman, 16 September 2013 - 10:49 AM.

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 12:20 PM

View PostRafterman, on 16 September 2013 - 10:48 AM, said:

But if one is a Christian, they should believe in ghosts, demons, spirits, etc. because all of that is in the Bible.
The bible is just an elaborate work of fiction.  People can pick and choose paragraphs from it and twist it to suit their purpose.  It is also very contradictory.  I am not an avid church goer but I believe that christians believe in the holy spirit and after we die we go to God in heaven.  As far as I am aware, they do not advocate ghosts.  I know that churches will not allow investigations into paranormal activity in the church buildings.  They believe it is the occult.  It's just very hypocritical.


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Posted 16 September 2013 - 04:37 PM

View PostAngel1510, on 16 September 2013 - 12:20 PM, said:

The bible is just an elaborate work of fiction.  People can pick and choose paragraphs from it and twist it to suit their purpose.  It is also very contradictory.  I am not an avid church goer but I believe that christians believe in the holy spirit and after we die we go to God in heaven.  As far as I am aware, they do not advocate ghosts.  I know that churches will not allow investigations into paranormal activity in the church buildings.  They believe it is the occult.  It's just very hypocritical.

Agreed.  Not dissimilar to all of the Fundamentalist hub bub related to the Harry Potter books.  Pretty much everything they criticized those books for can be found in the Bible as well.

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 07:47 PM

View PostRafterman, on 16 September 2013 - 10:48 AM, said:

But if one is a Christian, they should believe in ghosts, demons, spirits, etc. because all of that is in the Bible.

You would think that if the number of religious folks was decreasing, then fewer people would believe in the paranormal.

Personally I believe the above hypothesis that it's all related to television, books, and movies.
I don't think there are any "ghosts" in the Bible. Spirits and demons sure, but not fluffy white ghosts.

Belief in ghosts existing here on Earth among us is completely against Christian tradition. According to Christian tradition, we die and go someplace... either to a good reward, a bad punishment, or a waiting place. But, we don't hang around here haunting people.

Edited by DieChecker, 16 September 2013 - 07:48 PM.

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 10:44 PM

The supernatural could also include just plain old life after death.  That'll get your numbers up right there.

Show me the actual questionaire and if it included el chupacabra and bigfoot.


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Posted 16 September 2013 - 10:48 PM

Why did we need a study of this? One can simply watch t.v. or cable to know that belief in the paranormal is on the rise.


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Posted 17 September 2013 - 12:33 PM

Humans are spiritual beings, meaning we have a sense or desire of the "the great mystery," that there is "something out there that is greater than me." And, the research demonstrates that those individuals who do cater to this sense of the great mystery are more psychologically resilient and adaptive to dealing with adversity. So, these ghostly beliefs and the like evolve as simple survival strategies.


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Posted 17 September 2013 - 08:26 PM

View Posthighdesert50, on 17 September 2013 - 12:33 PM, said:

Humans are spiritual beings, meaning we have a sense or desire of the "the great mystery," that there is "something out there that is greater than me." And, the research demonstrates that those individuals who do cater to this sense of the great mystery are more psychologically resilient and adaptive to dealing with adversity. So, these ghostly beliefs and the like evolve as simple survival strategies.
Or maybe rather they are a side effect? The people who are more mentally resilient also tend to have strong belief systems. Because there is a strong correlation does not mean that one equals the other.

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 08:50 PM

View Posthighdesert50, on 17 September 2013 - 12:33 PM, said:

Humans are spiritual beings, meaning we have a sense or desire of the "the great mystery," that there is "something out there that is greater than me." And, the research demonstrates that those individuals who do cater to this sense of the great mystery are more psychologically resilient and adaptive to dealing with adversity. So, these ghostly beliefs and the like evolve as simple survival strategies.

Idk if were talking about the same study it not but I just wanted to point out that in the study showing people with beliefs are more resulant. They also expanded that study to see if it was supernatural belif or just belief in general. People who have no spiritual beliefs get a increased faith in science when under alot of stress. I would link it if I wasent on my phone.

Not using it to argue anything just pointing it out

Edited by spartan max2, 17 September 2013 - 08:51 PM.

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 08:56 PM

For folks that might be interested, here's the survey... http://www.assap.ac....Survey 2013.pdf





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