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Scientists Figure Out What Type of Person Believes BS

This may be the first study of 'pseudo-profound bullshit'

(Newser) - This has to rank among the best opening statements ever in a study abstract : "Although bullshit is common in everyday life and has attracted attention from philosophers, its reception (critical or ingenuous) has not, to our knowledge, been subject to empirical investigation." And so researchers at the University... More »

Ghost Hunters Found Dead After SWAT Standoff

Mark and Debby Constantino had appeared on Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures

(Newser) - A pair of ghost hunters were found dead in a Nevada apartment yesterday following an hours-long standoff with SWAT teams in what is likely a domestic-violence incident, the AP reports. They were identified by police as paranormal investigators Mark and Debby Constantino, who had made numerous appearances on Travel Channel'... More »

Ancient Rite Fades in Japan: Communing With the Dead

(Newser) - Far from Japan's hypermodern cities, a few old, blind women are among the last of a centuries-old tradition—they are mediums, or the "itako," calling forth the spirits of the dead for paying visitors. In medieval times, Japan was full of women communing with spirits, but now so... More »

Love the Paranormal? That's Just Anxiety

Stressed out people may turn toward the supernatural

(Newser) - Not everyone believes in alien abductions, but plenty of people say they have seen ghosts or heard voices from the beyond. Poll results show that 90% of Americans have had a paranormal experience—a statistic that scientists increasingly blame on our tricky brains. Anxiety over modern society or any perceived... More »

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