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Old 09-07-2012, 10:07 AM
 
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Religion and Belief in Supernatural Grow With Age; Older South Africans Blame AIDS on Witchcraft - ABC News

Contrary to common wisdom, older people are more likely than adolescents to turn to supernatural explanations for difficult events in their lives, from aging to dying. That is among the key findings in an international study from scholars at four major universities.

The finding suggests that science has not supplanted religion, and the two coexist for billions of people around the world because while science can explain many things, it "really isn't very good" at supplying answers to some of life's most difficult questions, said psychologist Cristine H. Legare of the University of Texas, Austin, in a telephone interview.

Chief among those questions may be simply this: Why me?
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Old 09-07-2012, 01:06 PM
 
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The older you get, the more information you absorb and the more you realize the "official" explanation of all that is fails to account for all there really is out there.

The Supernatural is the default "bin" for things that don't fit nicely into science or religion so it's only natural that many seek answers there.

Unfortunately, there just isn't a good answer for every question, however. You could live a thousand lifetimes and still not learn everything about the true nature of reality.
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:28 PM
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Here's what I think:

The older you get, the more information you absorb and the more you realize the "official" explanation of all that is fails to account for all there really is out there.

The Supernatural is the default "bin" for things that don't fit nicely into science or religion so it's only natural that many seek answers there.

Unfortunately, there just isn't a good answer for every question, however. You could live a thousand lifetimes and still not learn everything about the true nature of reality.



I think this is true. How much of the world and beyond do we really know. What's connected and what is not? And how much can human consciousness affect the world around us? And vice versa. Synchronicity? Fate? or just randomness in choices?

What a great subject.
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:46 PM
 
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....The finding suggests that science has not supplanted religion, and the two coexist for billions of people around the world because while science can explain many things, it "really isn't very good" at supplying answers to some of life's most difficult questions, said psychologist Cristine H. Legare of the University of Texas, Austin, in a telephone interview.

Chief among those questions may be simply this: Why me?
Most people would far rather attempt to believe in elaborate, and often preposterous, belief systems than face the realistic question: Why not me?
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