Why are highly educated people more likely to believe in psychic / paranormal stuff than less educated people?
Topic: Physics high school topics for a research
July 16, 2019 / By Amanda Question:
I've noticed that my college educated friends and coworkes are more likely to discuss psychic/paranormal stuff than my high school educated coworkers were. Most of the witches and psychics I know have at least some college education. Why do you think this is true. If you don't think it is, can you support your assertion?
Eri, re-read the question. Your link supports my assertion. Thanks for the data supporting it, BTW. :-)
Engineer-poet, I agree that too many people think quantum physics supports paranormal phenomena when it doesn't. I don't know anything about hyperdimentional physics, so I can't comment on that. The general lack of scientific understanding in our society means most people don't understand basic science very well, let alone advanced theories of physics
On the other hand, being a self-promoter doesn't mean a person's research is flawed. People in many fields have to promote themselves to make a living, but this doesn't mean they're less ethical than people who are funded by institutions, corporations or governments.
Savannah and PureOrLady,
Let me make it clear that I do not equate education with intelligence. While intelligence helps people become educated, I know there are many intelligent people who have been unable to attend or graduate from college. An intelligent person can be self-educated without ever going to school. A person with average intelligence but sufficient money can graduate from college.
I know education does not equal intelligence and I've never been an elitist in regards to someone's level of education. Stupidity, on the other hand, plays no favorites with race, gender or social status.
Best Answers: Why are highly educated people more likely to believe in psychic / paranormal stuff than less educated people?
Wallace | 8 days ago
I agree with the part of engineer and TR's answers which suggest that social context has something to do with it.
There is a lot of social pressure in some place to believe or at least to say you believe the most prevalent religious ideas, and if you deviate from that you will be ridiculed, shunned or called crazy by some people. That kind of behavior occurs, from my observation, among people who don't have a lot of education. Those people may, in fact, be very intelligent, but they are able to only accept, perhaps even think about, ideas which they have been told are okay.
Highly educated people are more mobile and so have less to lose by talking about these things. People who have been away from where they grew up also have had the experience of participating in more open discussions of these topics and so will have a different viewpoint even if they return.
A few years ago I made the mistake of discussing reincarnation with the minister of the small church my family attended when I was a child. Her response was to talk about "myths" in a funeral sermon. That kind of pressure might work better on someone who had always been local.
I have also noticed that people who riducled alternative medicine are now accepting some of those ideas once they are approved by a local person they consider authoritative.
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Hmmm. I think Eri's answer has some relevance on the question -- if educated folk are less likely to believe in God or other Divine Power, then perhaps they fall back on the supernatural?
There seems to be so much anecdotal evidence about strange things happening, and even though there are scientific answers for that out there (the brain fools itself, according to Steven Pinker), it's hard to believe our brains would play such nasty tricks (-:.
And who knows, maybe there is a scientific basis for some of the very bizarre co-incidences out there? (Or maybe it's just our brains looking for patterns, and ignoring anything that doesn't fit in the pattern.)
Anyway, a ghost or telekinetic never claims to be watching over all humankind, rewarding the good and punishing the bad. It just seems slightly more plausible somehow than Divinity, and maybe that's why.
(-: Or it could be that college-educated folk have too many brain cells that are running idle, and they spend their time thinking and talking about the paranormal. IDK. I do know I've wondered and explored the field quite a bit, though, and I'm college-educated, so I guess I fall within your parameters.
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LOL GREAT QUESTION.
When I first started exploring this stuff I was living in Portland and noticed the same thing. My WEALTHIER friends were more into this stuff, and the wealthier types were always the highly educated types. I have friends who have such advanced educational backgrounds that I would never have even MET them were it not for the paranormal stuff I was investigating.
People who read extensively are more likely to come across the science that supports the paranormal like hyperdimensional physics. People who are in to the more fringe science stuff, like Reich and Tesla, are FAR more likely to acknowledge the paranormal if not research it.
The Dean Radin video was a good example of an educated, well off crowd showing interest in this stuff. If you go hang out at UC Berkley, you will find people all over the place who are highly knowledgeable and into psychic and paranormal stuff, as well as magick and the occult. The biggest kept secret from these hardened reductionist types is that magickal and occult studies clearly intersect scientific topics. The ancient texts have science in them that is astoundingly advanced.
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That's a good question. There was a study done in 1993 (a bit old but still relevant) related to this question. The conclusions were that scientists and science educators (1) have high levels of paranormal and pseudoscientific belief, (2) do not use their scientific knowledge when voting, (3) use nonscientific approaches in personal and social decision-making, and (4) do not have high levels of science content knowledge outside of their specific disciplines.
Why? The study did not propose explanations for this. However, conclusions 3 and 4 do seem to at least partially explain the findings of conclusion 1. One reason I suspect that more paranormal belief is correlated with college education is simply the exposure to many new ideas in new peer relationships which otherwise might not have occurred outside college. E.g., "if other college students or professors believe this, then it's probably true". Just my speculation.
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Educated doesn't necessarily mean being very practical and scientific, its for all round development of our mental faculties, to train our mind to think
So being highly educated helps you develop an understanding towards paranormal stuff with better meaning, education is also an understanding that science cannot explain everything or should I say everything could not be explained in scientific terms,so there has to be other alternative ways of seeking an explanation and this is one of those ways
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In my opinion, the educated individual has the intelligence to have and keep an open mind about most things. I agree that an educated person is smart enough to know that science does not know everything and can't figure somethings out (try as they might). Who are we as single individuals to determine WHAT another individual believes in? It's like trying to push religion on someone, each person should be free to decide what he/she believes in.
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1) more intelligent people enjoy thinking "outside the box" They also enjoy just thinking, so are more willing to step outside of conventional wisdom to alternative ideas.
2) more intellingent people spend less time doing day to day thinking and therefore have more time to spend on alternative ideas.
3) Then you have those "god complex" people who have to be out on the edge in order to believe they are superior.
4) More education typically leads to more self-confidence therefore allowing more deviation from the norm.
5) College is a time to explore new things, wicca and psy is new typically so it's more accepted during that time frame.
so, yes I believe you with some exceptions, my 80 year old mom. (8th grade education) has talked with ghosts for years. My sister without a HS diploma, is really fascinated, although not really good at, the paranormal. They don't however discuss it with those they don't trust.
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