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Superstitious Beliefs Cemented Before Birth


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The propensity to believe in paranormal phenomena and superstitions appears to arise in the womb, suggests new research.

 

The findings, published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, further indicate that a reduced ability for analytical thinking may correspond with increased intuitive thinking, which has been associated with a belief in extrasensory perception (ESP), ghosts, telepathy and other paranormal phenomena.

 

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Fascinating stuff. It immediately reminded me of this study: http://www.unl.edu/rhames/courses/readings/homofinger/homo_finger.html

 

I do strongly believe that people are innately "wired" to respond to certain triggers. It can be pleasurable to connect to a higher level of consciousness. Religion is only one of many ways people do it; some prefer art, music, sex, drugs, gambling, scholarship, athletics, writing, or any of an endless spectrum of sexual encounters. And usually more than one of the above plus some I didn't think of.

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