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Does education fuel paranormal beliefs?


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#1    markdohle

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Posted 31 March 2011 - 11:27 PM

Does education fuel paranormal beliefs?
LiveScience: Believe it or not, higher education is linked to a greater tendency to believe in ghosts and other paranormal phenomena, according to a new study.

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Posted 31 March 2011 - 11:46 PM

Smoking to much kush, I think...

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Posted 31 March 2011 - 11:52 PM

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...poll of 439 college students found seniors and grad students were more likely than freshmen to believe in haunted houses, psychics...
This is a kind of funky study.
It could be so many other things than the education that causes this.

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 12:01 AM

View PostVirus, on 31 March 2011 - 11:46 PM, said:

Smoking to much kush, I think...
As much as I hate myself for saying this, I think I agree that drugs might just be a factor in this.

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 12:19 AM

I blame TV/Internet/Twitter..............

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 12:26 AM

View PostDoctor_Strangelove, on 01 April 2011 - 12:01 AM, said:

As much as I hate myself for saying this, I think I agree that drugs might just be a factor in this.
Either that or they just enjoy messing with people and/or pretending to be spiritual. Who knows really.

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 12:54 AM

View PostVirus, on 01 April 2011 - 12:26 AM, said:

Either that or they just enjoy messing with people and/or pretending to be spiritual. Who knows really.
Why is it so scarey for some people to accept things might exist they can't explain ? How do have a clue what the people in the survey believe ?


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Posted 01 April 2011 - 01:03 AM

View Postohio state buckeyes, on 01 April 2011 - 12:54 AM, said:

Why is it so scarey for some people to accept things might exist they can't explain ? How do have a clue what the people in the survey believe ?
It's not scary at all. People don't reject these claims because they fear them because if that was the case then they would believe so it's a pretty redundant point.

Things we can't explain is also a rather futile point, many people accept they can't explain things and this relates to a Hell of a lot but they are usually things that are already observably true - this would mean things such as dark matter. People haven't yet explained or been able to fully understand these concepts but they're still observably true. On the other hand most paranormal things have no backing. I think you miss the point of accepting what we can't explain.

Also, I've never claimed to know why they believe this I've just made an initial joke and then a follow-up post.

Edited by Virus, 01 April 2011 - 01:03 AM.

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 12:31 PM

This makes perfect sense. First year students think they know everything, the more they study, the more they realize that there's alot they don't understand, therefore they have a more open mind to other unexplainable possibilities.


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Posted 01 April 2011 - 12:50 PM

I don't think that intelligence has a direct link in the belief, however, I just think that most educated people aren't as narrow-minded as the majority.


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Posted 01 April 2011 - 03:15 PM

Wouldn't it be LACK of education?


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Posted 01 April 2011 - 10:34 PM

This does not surprise me. I have spent over 30 years exploring the issue of life after death. After all that time, and with the vast accumulation of reports and evidence the topic needs serious consideration. Too many sceptics have just not done their homework and need to step back and look at the masses of credible evidence in this sphere.

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 11:32 PM

i can believe this for sure... but on the other hand it doesn't really prove anything


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Posted 02 April 2011 - 02:24 AM

View PostMakazradon, on 01 April 2011 - 03:15 PM, said:

Wouldn't it be LACK of education?
absolutely not.


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Posted 02 April 2011 - 03:01 AM

View PostilianGT, on 01 April 2011 - 12:31 PM, said:

This makes perfect sense. First year students think they know everything, the more they study, the more they realize that there's alot they don't understand, therefore they have a more open mind to other unexplainable possibilities.

Figures someone would say this before I got round to it.  :lol:

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