Mysterious Phenomena: The New Obsession

Archive Report

Popularity of Pseudoscience

Outpouring of Books, Movies, TV Shows

By all indications, America is in the midst of a mystical revolution. Inundated with tales of extraordinary phenomena and claims of strange psychic powers, people in increasing numbers are turning to belief in rationally unexplainable—paranormal—phenomena. Reincarnation, mind reading, visitations from outer space and other marvels, once considered the exclusive province of science fiction, have gained popular acceptance as fact.

A good illustration of the trend is the growth of interest in astrology. A Gallup Poll last year indicated that 32 million adults in the United States believed in astrological predictions. Whereas a generation ago only 100 daily newspapers published horoscopes, today some 1,250 do. But those figures may tell only a part of the story. Further evidence suggests ...

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