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Christianity &Islam &Judaism Thomas on 24 Aug 2010 01:17 am

So very, very sad: 75% of Americans follow paranormal activity

How can this possibly be true? But unfortunately it is:

75% of Americans follow paranormal activity

About three in four Americans profess at least one paranormal belief, according to a recent Gallup survey. The most popular is extrasensory perception (ESP), mentioned by 41%, followed closely by belief in haunted houses (37%). The full list of items includes…

Of course it makes sense though. 75% of Americans believe that they can talk to an imaginary man in the sky and he will answer their prayers. What could be more bizarre and paranormal and nonsensical than that?

17 Responses to “So very, very sad: 75% of Americans follow paranormal activity”

  1. on 24 Aug 2010 at 1:29 pm 1.Ben said …

    About 92% believe we can communicate with God. I don’t know about 75% talking to a man. Who is the invisible man in the sky? An HG Wells sequel?

  2. on 24 Aug 2010 at 4:18 pm 2.3D said …

    1.Ben said …

    About 92% believe we can communicate with God. I don’t know about 75% talking to a man. Who is the invisible man in the sky? An HG Wells sequel?

    Do you hear voices in your head, Ben? When you talk to God, does he talk back to you?

  3. on 24 Aug 2010 at 6:16 pm 3.Boz said …

    “What could be more bizarre and paranormal and nonsensical than that?”

    Again atheist are not logical. Paranormal sciences are offered at universities across the nation. Pulling out a Sev line here

    “Does this mean you do not listen to MDs and drive cars because science is responsible for these luxuries”.

    Atheist really should establish some standards here. What about SETI? Maybe that one is OK. Hawk warned us not to talk to the aliens when they show up. Did the aliens in his head tell him to say that?

    LOL.

  4. on 24 Aug 2010 at 6:55 pm 4.Severin said …

    3 Boz
    “Paranormal sciences are offered at universities across the nation.”
    Which nation? American? I am not surprised, if there is 75% people believing in this BS.
    Not in Europe, not in my country.

    “What about SETI? Maybe that one is OK.”
    What about it? Of course it’s O.K.

    Mr. Howking forgot to tell you (and I doubt you knew it) that light is running some 300,000 km per SECOND. If we somehow discover alien signal, its source would hardly be closer than 50,000 light YEARS, probably much further than that. So, if we respond, they will get our answer after 50,000 years, or much more.
    If they decide to come to us (in case they are able to travel at light speed), they will visit us after another 50,000 ywears (or much more).

    I doubt any civilisation is able to make plans for SO far a future.

    SETI has much sense not in chance to MEET aliens, neither in possibility to learn something from them, but in potential COMPREHENSION we are not alone in universe.
    Such a comprehension could make incredible changes in future behaviour og human race.

  5. on 24 Aug 2010 at 7:50 pm 5.Anonymous said …

    3.Boz said …

    Atheist really should establish some standards here. What about SETI? Maybe that one is OK. Hawk warned us not to talk to the aliens when they show up. Did the aliens in his head tell him to say that?

    Why do we think there might be aliens in this Universe?
    1. The vast size of the Universe.
    There are billions and billions of galaxies, each with billions and billions of stars. There are at the least millions of planets very similiar to earth.

    2. The existence of life on Earth.
    If life came into existence here, why not somewhere else?
    We will remain agnostic about the existence of aliens exist until we find evidence of them. However, when you consider the fact that the Universe is very large, it seems probable that there is life somewhere out there.

    3. Organic compounds found in meteorites.
    Scientists have found meterites with the building blocks of life frozen inside of them.

    Of course whether there is intelligent life out there, and how they would act towards humans is a completely different question. Intelligent life is pretty rare.

  6. on 24 Aug 2010 at 7:51 pm 6.Anonymous said …

    See Drake’s Equation
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake%27s_equation

  7. on 24 Aug 2010 at 8:46 pm 7.Boz said …

    Why do we think there might be a GOD in this Universe?

    1. The vast size of the Universe.
    There are billions and billions of galaxies, each with billions and billions of stars. There are at the least millions of planets very similiar to earth.

    2. The existence of life on Earth.
    If life came into existence here, why not somewhere else? We will remain agnostic about the existence of aliens exist until we find evidence of them. However, when you consider the fact that the Universe is very large, it seems probable that there is A GOD somewhere out there.

    3. Organic compounds found in meteorites.
    Scientists have found meterites with the building blocks of life frozen inside of them.

    And for Severin:

    http://publicparapsychology.blogspot.com/2009/02/phd-opportunity-in-parapsychology-at.html

    You are wrong….again. Actually, rumor has it Europe is becoming the Parapsychology center of the world. Not surprising.

  8. on 24 Aug 2010 at 10:07 pm 8.Observer said …

    #7 Boz- Your point in #2 is likely correct in that by your own definition of the problem GOD is finite, and hence not the “God of Abraham”. Your definition is for a being that is vastly more developed than the life on our planet. Yes, that seems possible.

    It seems the “God of Abraham” does not make sense and should be dropped if for no other reason than It is odious. I think an exchange for the more pleasant Yule wandering Odin/Saint Nicholas is warranted.

  9. on 24 Aug 2010 at 10:23 pm 9.Observer said …

    #7 Boz If you read your link at Lund University, this is science. This is how belief either becomes fact, or is debunked. It seems there is a rigourous program underway there to define what it meant by all “parapsychology”. Notably, this includes hypnotism, which is an accepted therapy in the US and Europe at the very least. They, it seems, are setting baselines to test whether the more exotic stuff exists, and are using more up to date equipment. Hopefully, these questions can be unambiguously

    It does seem a bit of a rehash of what was done at Harvard in the 50s and 60s, but what the hell?

    The key point is that parapsychology is not being taught as fact. Furthermore,parapsychology is not in any way a part of the curriculum. This is a research project.

    Aren’t you interested in getting at the truth? Using this to bolster your claim is childish, disingenuous or both.

  10. on 24 Aug 2010 at 10:53 pm 10.Boz said …

    Noted Observer however my only intent was to prove “Not in Europe, not in my country” was not correct. Anyone familiar with any sciences knows that much of it is taught as theories and not fact.

    If a being may exist as you postulate, then it is quite possible it is the God of Abraham. Your opinion on the Bible doesn’t make His existence any less plausible.

  11. on 24 Aug 2010 at 11:20 pm 11.3D said …

    10.Boz said …

    Noted Observer however my only intent was to prove “Not in Europe, not in my country” was not correct. Anyone familiar with any sciences knows that much of it is taught as theories and not fact.

    “Not in Europe, not in my country” was in reference to parapsychology and other weirdness being taught as fact in college courses. A good way to prove that Severin was not correct would be to link to some evidence showing that parapsychology is being taught as fact in European countries. Not an article about an extracurricular research program investigating paranormal claims.

    If a being may exist as you postulate, then it is quite possible it is the God of Abraham. Your opinion on the Bible doesn’t make His existence any less plausible.

    That’s true. It would be hard to make the crazy God in the Bible any less plausible than it already is. It’s near 0 on the plausibility scale.

  12. on 25 Aug 2010 at 6:20 am 12.Severin said …

    7 Boz
    “http://publicparapsychology.blogspot.com/2009/02/phd-opportunity-in-parapsychology-at.html”

    Did you see the name of the site?

    Nothing paranormal in the project described!
    Only “paranormal” in this article is the HEADLINE a parapsyhology site gave to it!

    People running this site would LIKE to have support in science, as you would like science to prove god existance, so they use pretty rotten methods to support their idiocy.
    Like putting an attractive, but incorrect headline to an article about normal scientific project.

  13. on 25 Aug 2010 at 6:39 am 13.Severin said …

    7 Boz
    So your god created a huge universe with billions of galaxies, billions of stars each? He imposed extremely complex laws to universe, which universe strictly followed, no exception.

    WHEN was it?
    6,000 years ago, or 13.5 billion years ago?

    Then the mighty one, who created billions of billions of billions of stars, and invented complex laws of physic,math, chemistry…came to earth, and made man from mud. He also imposed multiplyng of human race by inbreeding (against laws he imposed).
    He was a selfish god who punished humans by killing them if the smell of burnt meat they offered him was wrong. He gave detailed instructions about how to beat slaves and how to stone “consumed” brides and people working on Sabbath. Etc.

    Same god?

    You inevitably DO negate biblical god by introducing a god who created universe and imposed natural laws running it.
    These two gods are incompatibe, except in case the “universe” god got senile after he created universe and started to behave like an idiot.

    So, WHICH one is yours, Boz?

  14. on 25 Aug 2010 at 6:45 am 14.Severin said …

    Boz,
    No p”paranormal” studies in Europe, on universities or schools.

    How is it that you support anything paranormal out of your religion?
    I thought your church forbids any other form of superstition except superstition THEY teach!?

  15. on 25 Aug 2010 at 11:39 am 15.Horatio said …

    http://www.koestler-parapsychology.psy.ed.ac.uk/

    http://hopelive.hope.ac.uk/psychology/para/Index.html

    There you go Severin. You may still have time to register.

  16. on 25 Aug 2010 at 11:38 pm 16.Observer said …

    #15 Hor

    The first link is to University of Edinburgh. This is one of the best universities in the world. Again, they are not teaching parapsychology as one would teach mechanical engineering. The website shows their curriculum covers the following: 1. What phenomena are parapsychology. 2. How to test whether it is true or not.

    THERE IS NOTHING ALONG THE LINES OF WE ARE TEACHING ESP, TELEKINESIS, OR ANYTHING OF THE KIND.

    Did you actually read anything from the site?

    The second link is to a Christian college so paranormal activity would be part and parcel of a Christian curriculum. Prayer for example, would likely be a type of ESP, or some sort of mind reading trick.

  17. on 25 Aug 2010 at 11:39 pm 17.Observer said …

    #15 Hor It even looks like the courses there would inevitably lead to the conclusion that parapsychology is in fact bereft of any positive effects.

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