Study Suggests Belief In Ghosts Is Growing

belief in ghostsIs belief in ghosts and psychic phenomena supplanting religion as the public’s refuge from the rational? The Telegraph reports:

A new study suggests belief in ghosts is growing in the UK.

More than half of those taking part (52 per cent) said they believed in the supernatural, a marked increase on the two previous comparable studies, in 2009 and 2005, which both found a level of around 40 per cent. The survey also found that one in five claimed to have had some sort of paranormal experience.

The new study was carried out for the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena (Assap), for its annual conference.

Dave Wood, chairman of the group, said: “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.”

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  • BuzzCoastin

    considering that 96% of the Universe is imperceptible to humans
    the idea of an effective unseen power doesn’t seem unreasonable
    however
    using words to define that experience
    makes one sound like an idiot to the inattentive

    • NeuroticExLOL

      Some of these worlds seen with the help of psychedelics, taken under certain circumstances.

  • Manuel Maldonado Turcios

    I get that It all seems silly, but then you experience this kind of shit.

  • atlanticus

    I’ve seen them.

    • InfvoCuernos

      ok it’s yours.

      • atlanticus

        Does that mean “tell me about it”?

        Okay, once when I was around 14, new house, I saw a 6ft+ shadow person at 3 am. I had not been sleeping, but was probably quite tired. I had just come downstairs to get a drink of water and on my way back to my room I saw the shape standing in the hall in front of my parents’ room. I gasped for a second and then said “Oh, dad, you scared me”. It didn’t answer. I looked closer and saw that it had no definition. It was truly just a blackness in the shape of a person. I realized then that it was too tall to be my dad.

        I freaked and ran up the stairs in a panic. Then I immediately felt like an idiot because I thought “You dork, it was probably your own shadow!” Well, the next night I came down the stairs again and there was no shape. I looked around and realized there was no possible light source that could have projected my own shadow into the hall.

        Then there was a sleep paralysis encounter with another (or the same one?) shadow-shape (this time behind a window) which told me it was the reason I couldn’t leave my body…a strange thing for it to say, since at the time I’d never even heard of out of body experiences, or the like.

        There were a few other things that were less encounters and more like weird tech things…radios changing stations…not like, to the next station over, but going all the way through the band. Mysteriously slamming doors, shit like that. All “explainable” in some rational way (software glitch, air draft, etc.), but not really, you know?

        I don’t know, I just keep having these things happen. They also have been happening since I was very young, maybe 3 or 4, even. I totally accept that I could have some neuro-chemical thing going on, but it’s harder to say that when you’ve experienced it directly.

  • bobbiethejean

    Are ghosts affected by gravity? If not, how do they interface with their environments? What stops them from floating off into space or getting sucked down through the earth? Can they control their place in space? If so, how? What exactly are they composed of? Are they capable of perception? If so, through what means? How could a ghost speak? Do they have ghost vocal chords and ghost brains? How does light react to the materials that ghosts are composed of? Why don’t we actually know anything about ghosts with the same certainty that we know things about, like……. gravity or evolution?

    I could keep going all day. I have a mile long list of questions about ghosts. This is the abridged abridged abridged abridged version.

    • AgTip

      Write all the questions down, then publish the list. Or you could just send it to AgTip somehow? There is a certain frame of mind where people can physically manifest archetypes … whether this is through some precognition of what will appear, or if the thought creates the incidence I don’t know. There are a lot of subtle factors at work, probably as many psychological as electromagnetic as bio-electromagnetic.

  • Him Fifteenism

    is that an Auguste Rejlander photograph?

  • Haystack

    Ghosts strike me as a kind of metaphor for the persistence of mood or will after death, taken too literally; or as RAW would say, confusing the map for the territory. One could, for example, be haunted by guilt over a past misdeed, even to the point that it manifests as disturbances in one’s life (like the murder in House of Cards.) Or one can be haunted by a book (think of people who come all the way from Japan to visit the Bronte Parsonage), or a setting which evokes historical events (which is why we preserve such places).

    In this sense, ghosts are real, and I find it more interesting and even *mysterious* to speak of them in these terms than to come at it from the direction that modern “ghost hunters” take. Or to put it differently, ghosts are the occult, inner meaning of various physical and psychological phenomena that we associate with haunting.

  • HowardBrazee

    There is a series of beer ads in the U.S. telling us that superstitions help our teams win. We so much want to believe we can make our team win. Or that our rulers have power to change things. Or that our prayers are better than our neighbor’s prayers when the flood hit them but not us. And we are finding people on the Internet who agree with even our most outrageous belief wish. So we want to believe that our loved ones aren’t gone, without considering how miserable they would be as ghosts.

    • echar

      What Igot out of those ads is that it may not be true, but what does it hurt.

  • bsackamano

    Paganism on the rise in America is a terrible sign. There are not 2 Babylons but 3 now, hope it goes better for us than Babylon and Rome, not likely though.

  • L. Ca

    I find that last sentence in this article very telling.