The Origin of Superstition, Magical Thinking, and...

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The Origin of Superstition, Magical Thinking, and...

Post by Librarian » Sat Oct 16, 2010 9:20 am

The Origin of Superstition, Magical Thinking, and Paranormal Beliefs
(an integrative model)

In his always quirky but usually insightful look into the human condition, comedian Woody Allen once remarked: “There is no question that there is an unseen world. The problem is how far it is from midtown and how late is it open?”

In point of fact, the majority of people accept as a given that an unseen world of paranormal powers exists, and all that remains is for us to discover the details of its workings. Superstition and magical thinking are the core cognitions that drive belief in the paranormal. Over 40% of Americans, for example, believe in devils, ghosts, and spiritual healing. Most social scientists do not bother trying to understand why people believe in the paranormal, while many psychologists have characterized superstitious and magical thinking as a problem for which there is no ready explanation, or as “a label for a residual category — a garbage bin filled with various odds and ends that we do not otherwise know what to do with.”
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