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Thursday, June 16, 2005

I've Got, Like, This Fifth Sense

I knew they were going to say that:

About three in four Americans profess at least one paranormal belief, according to a recent Gallup survey. The most popular is extrasensory perception (ESP), mentioned by 41%, followed closely by belief in haunted houses (37%)...

No mention of how many still hold the belief that Saddam Hussein had ties to al Qaeda.  But Nostradamus clearly predicted 9/11!

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amazed and heartened by the fact that 1 in 4 have none.

Posted by: mikez | Jun 16, 2005 4:30:22 PM

I don't know if I'd call it esp. It's more like knowing stuff that I have no idea how I know it. Sometimes it has to do with the future, but usually it's in the now. It's such a normal thing for me, that I don't think twice about it. I never talk about it, either, for obvious reasons. lol!

My father's mother had it a lot, too. So maybe it's a genetic thing.

Posted by: vachon | Jun 16, 2005 5:59:54 PM

I have a gift for pissing off my wife.

I think it's genetic, as my father seemed to have the same skill.

Posted by: pvt pyle | Jun 16, 2005 7:30:52 PM

A friend of mine who teaches psychology does his best to try to wean his students off the screwy stuff they believe...alien abductions, ghosts, "paranormal," etc. He's got some really interesting stories.

one experiment he does with his classes is really cool. First, as a control: the students gamble (with cards or dice). Then, they are given little paper-wrapped packages, some with mirrors and some with plain glass, and asked to smash them with hammers. they are coded by number, so he knows which were really mirrors. Then, they gamble again...and compare before/after stats, which illustrate that...breaking mirrors had absolutely NO effect on their 'luck'!

He says there are always a few students who are so skeeved at the idea of breaking a mirror that he permits them to opt out and watch. and these are college students! go figure...


Posted by: jp | Jun 16, 2005 8:03:50 PM

I had one scary esp moment when I was a young teenaged girl. It involved seeing out of the corner of my eye a man getting into his car on a side street as I walked down a main street. For a fleeting moment I had the thought this guy was going to ask me to get into his car, but I ignored it and continued to walk. Several minutes later his car pulled up to the curb, and he motioned to me to get into the passenger side of his sports car. My stunned face must have insulted him, because his ugly grin hardened and he stomped on the accelerator and was gone.

ESP and UFOs were big when I was young, so I did a lot of reading. I so wanted them to be real, but the more I researched, the more science did not support aliens and the paranormal.

I sadly realized that my ESP experiences were heightened intuition and the reading of body language. I've had several other weird experiences, but all can be explained by science. Darn it.

Posted by: ellroon | Jun 17, 2005 11:24:57 AM

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