Monday, June 22, 2009

Do you believe in the Paranormal?

Interesting results show many do.

One survey of the beliefs of the general United States population regarding paranormal topics was conducted by the Gallup Organization in 2005.[17] The survey found that 73 percent of those polled believed in at least one of the ten paranormal items presented in the survey. The ten items included in the survey were:
Extrasensory perception (41% held this belief),
haunted houses (37%), ghosts (32%),
telepathy (31%), clairvoyance (26%),
astrology (25%),
communication with the dead (21%),
witches (21%),
reincarnation (20%),
and channeling spiritual entities (9%)
. These items were selected as they "require the belief that humans have more than the 'normal' five senses." Only one percent of respondents believed in all ten items.

Another survey conducted in 2006 by researchers from Australia's Monash University[18] sought to determine what types of phenomena people claim to have experienced and the effects these experiences have had on their lives.
The study was conducted as an online survey with over 2,000 respondents from around the world participating. The results revealed that around 70% of the respondents believe to have had an unexplained paranormal event that changed their life, mostly in a positive way.
About 70% also claimed to have seen, heard, or been touched by an animal or person that they knew was not there;
80% have reported having a premonition, and almost 50% stated they recalled a previous life.

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