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25% of Americans Believe People Have Psychic Powers. Science Tells Us Why.

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I Want to Believe.

For many of us, it isn’t hard to believe in the paranormal. From bumps in the night, to eerily convincing déjà vu, to the feeling that we know about something before it happens, the supernatural has been an integral part of many of the world’s cultures from ancient times through the present day.

And yet even in our post-Enlightenment world, where modern scientific advancements continually disprove long-held convictions about magic and the like, why is it that so many people choose to keep believing?

The more skeptical among us often write off believers as less intelligent, blinded by a backwards faith, or simply more gullible in the way they process and understand the world, but is it really just a type of person who chooses to accept the supernatural?

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Researchers set out to classify what makes a person more likely to believe in the paranormal, and they traced it down to this specific character trait.