Belief in supernatural things seems inseparable from humans.
Benjamin Radford, a book author, paranormal detective, and editor of Skeptical Inquirer magazine, once said that when humans do not yet understand why the sun rises and drowns every day, they think there is a great train that draws the sun into heaven.
Then, before modern science emerges, people who do not understand how diseases can be contagious and drought occur regard it as a mystical curse.
This still continues today, as it did in 2005 when a television preacher named John Hagee blamed a gay parade over Hurricane Katrina that hit the United States.
“I am convinced that the sins of people in New Orleans have made God angry and we have to endure it,” Hagee repeated in 2006.
How can this be so?
Before you blame this phenomenon on the lack of education, please note that educational background is not an indicator of a person’s paranormal beliefs.
“People with PhD titles are just as likely as high school graduates to believe in Bigfoot, LochNess monster and ghost,” said Rod Stark, a member of the Baylor Sociologist Association.
In contrast, some researchers who study this topic believe that basically, people want to believe something.
Brian Cronk, a psychologist at the University of Missouri Western State, believes that the cause is in our brain.
Our brains are always trying to find answers to something that’s happening, looking for reasons why it happens, and at a dead end, tends to make an absurdly ridiculous explanation.
The same is also revealed by Christopher Bader of the Association of Sociologists Baylor and his colleague, Carson Mencken. When things become very difficult to ascertain, supernatural things will be the first ones used by humans to explain something.
“For example, very few people now believe in fairies, but instead people believe in UFOs,” Bader said, as quoted by Live Science.