An intruiging notion for anyone with an interest in matters fortean, paranormal and otherwise downright odd. A piece in the London Times claims that superstitions (and we can only assume, other ‘irrational beliefs’) are a unavoidable part of the human condition – because we’re hard-wired to have them.
‘Religion and other forms of magical thinking continue to thrive â€” despite the lack of evidence and advance of science â€” because people are naturally biased to accept a role for the irrational, said Bruce Hood, Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol.
This evolved credulity suggests that it would be impossible to root out belief in ideas such as creationism and paranormal phenomena, even though they have been countered by evidence and are held as a matter of faith alone.’
‘Evolution keeps us superstitious. Now that’s lucky.’ from the Times