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Belief in ghosts is on the increase

Posted on Sunday, 15 September, 2013 | Comment icon 25 comments

Paranormal investigations have become commonplace. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Thomas Geersing
A recent study conducted in the UK has reported a steadily increasing trend in paranormal belief.
The results suggested that up to 52% of the population believes in the supernatural, a figure that represents an increase from two similar studies conducted in 2009 and 2005 that saw a result of around 40%. One in five people were also said to have had a paranormal experience at some time in their lives.

The rising interest in the paranormal has been partially attributed to the recent surge in ghost hunting TV shows such as UKTV's "Most Haunted" which both generated high viewing figures and divided opinions in equal measure.

Programmes showcasing the controversial abilities of spiritualist mediums combined with a rise in the number of ghost tours around the country have also helped solidify the idea of ghosts and hauntings in the public consciousness.

"It could be that in a society which has seen economic uncertainty and is dominated by information and technology, more people are seeking refuge in the paranormal, whereas in the past they might have sought that in religion," said Dave Wood, chairman of the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena.

"We have felt that a belief in UFOs has been declining for some time. I think a belief in ghosts is easier to sustain. Most people will know someone they respect who claims to have some sort of experience. That is no longer the case with UFOs."

Source: The Telegraph | Comments (25)

Tags: Ghost, Haunting, Paranormal

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Comment icon #16 Posted by Rafterman on 16 September, 2013, 10:48
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.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Angel1510 on 16 September, 2013, 12:20
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.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Rafterman on 16 September, 2013, 16:37
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.
Comment icon #19 Posted by DieChecker on 16 September, 2013, 19:47
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.
Comment icon #20 Posted by coldethyl on 16 September, 2013, 22:44
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.
Comment icon #21 Posted by HeathenRoyalty on 16 September, 2013, 22:48
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.
Comment icon #22 Posted by highdesert50 on 17 September, 2013, 12:33
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.
Comment icon #23 Posted by DieChecker on 17 September, 2013, 20:26
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.
Comment icon #24 Posted by spartan max2 on 17 September, 2013, 20:50
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
Comment icon #25 Posted by rashore on 17 September, 2013, 20:56
For folks that might be interested, here's the survey...

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