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And where is Osama bin Laden?
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2. UFOs and alien abductions A 2005 Gallup poll - 24% of Americans believe that aliens have visited our planet "...despite the fact that we humans are great collectors of souvenirs, not one of these persons [claiming to have been aboard a flying saucer] has brought back so much as an extraterrestrial tool or artifact, which could, once and for all, resolve the UFO mystery." Even if there is other intelligent life in the universe, it's very very far away! Many claims about alien abductions have come after hypnosis, or psychotherapy. Can think of people with these beliefs as sharing a cultural delusion.
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Not only do people often describe the aliens similarly, they describe them to look similar to the way they have appeared in a number of TV shows and movies ....
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Despite the wealth of evidence against UFOs, psychics, etc., why do so many well educated people believe in them? In the 19th century –it was predicted that these types of superstitions would soon disappear because of universal education. But this didn’t happen. Why?
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IV. Why are pseudoscientific claims so commonly believed? 1. Many beliefs are motivated by important fears and needs: Fear of death Fear of the unknown Need for hope and wonder Need to feel a sense of control over the uncontrollable realities of life and death
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2. Some pseudoscience beliefs come about by the timing and spacing of events. temporal contiguity - when two stimuli are experienced close together in time (touching a hot stove and getting burned) Temporal contiguity of 2 events can lead to superstitious beliefs: You think of Uncle Harry and a moment later he calls. People often infer a causal relationship – thinking of Uncle Harry has caused him to call (or his being about to call us made us think of him).
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