Belief in the paranormal varies from expected

Posted on Friday, October 26, 2012 at 12:20 pm

In the most up to date Gallup poll, 73 percent of Americans believe in at least one aspect of the paranormal. Do you?

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According to survey conducted by the Gallup News Service in 2005, 3 in 4 Americans believe in the paranormal.

That number remains steady. The previous survey in 2001 provided similar results – 76 percent of those polled professed belief in one area of the paranormal.

One fifth said they believe in five or more items.

Additionally no statistical differences appeared by age, gender, education, race or region of the country.

Christians are slightly more likely to hold paranormal beliefs than non-Christians. Seventy-five percent of the people polled identified themselves as Christians and indicated belief in the paranormal. Sixty-six percent of those not indicating Christian beliefs said they believed in one aspect of the paranormal.

Aspects of the paranormal polled were extrasensory perception, hauntings, that spirits of dead people can come back in certain situations, telepathy, clairvoyance, astrology, witches, reincarnation and a “spirit-being” can to temporarily assume control of body.

According to the 2005 poll, only slightly more than a quarter of Americans don’t believe in any aspect of the paranormal.

Members of the Highland Rim Paranormal Society recently visited Coffee County Manchest

er Public Library’s Teen Time.

The theme this month was Fright Night, during which researchers and teens sought to contact a spirit that is believed to inhabit the building using a “spirit box,” a device that scans a range of radio frequencies working on the theory that a spirit may be able to communicate using signals not detectable by humans.

“We gathered around and asked the ‘library ghost’ questions,” said Youth Services Director Virginia Diehl.

Several of the teens asked questions and seemed to get responses.

“We all had cold chills running down our backs,” Diehl said.

Several of the library staff working alone report hearing the distinctive sound a book makes when shelved.

The team’s founder Brandy Baker, a former librarian, told the teens about a janitor who caught a glimpse of a young girl among the stacks after hours.

The janitor, thinking the girl lost patron, searched the whole library but couldn’t find anyone.

Using the “spirit box” the gathered, to hear messages believed to be from the spirit.

“They thought her name was Myrtle, but the teens said it definitely started with an ‘M.”  She also ‘said’ she was twelve and wasn’t mad at any of the library staff,” Diehl said.

Neither library staff nor researchers indicated how the library’s alleged inhabitant came to reside at the facility.

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