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Superstitious Beliefs Cemented Before Birth

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posted on Oct, 30 2009 @ 11:50 AM
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I saw this story and found it interesting. Given that tomorrow is Halloween....and there are many here on ATS that are interested in the supernatural, I wanted to share.

Here are some excerpts from the article:


Oct. 30, 2009 -- The propensity to believe in paranormal phenomena and superstitions appears to arise in the womb, suggests new research.

The findings, published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, further indicate that a reduced ability for analytical thinking may correspond with increased intuitive thinking, which has been associated with a belief in extrasensory perception (ESP), ghosts, telepathy and other paranormal phenomena.

Author Martin Voracek claims his new study's determinations "suggest (there are) biologically based, prenatally programmed influences on paranormal and superstitious beliefs."



Prior research had determined that relative finger length, also known as digit ratio, can be a marker for individual differences affected by hormones.

Men tend to have ring fingers that are slightly longer than their index fingers. In women, these fingers are usually about the same length, or the index digit is slightly longer.

In some cases, however, women exhibit a digit ratio more associated with men, while men may exhibit the ratio associated more with women.

The ratio is "a putative marker of prenatal androgen exposure, with paranormal as well as negative and positive superstitious beliefs," Voracek explained, mentioning that exposure to testosterone and other male sex hormones in the womb are thought to underlie the observed differences.



Voracek found that "higher feminized" digit ratio in men correlated with stronger paranormal and superstitious beliefs, "even when controlled for age, education, adult height and weight, and birth length and weight."

"Shorter feminized" digit ratios in women also correlated with a greater likelihood of superstitious beliefs, as did a woman's lighter weight at birth. For both sexes, shorter body length at birth was associated with later beliefs in superstitions and the paranormal.

The findings help to support the conclusions of Kia Aarnio and Marjaana Lindeman, both University of Helsinki psychologists who have extensively studied the propensity for paranormal and superstitious beliefs.

They found that women are much more likely to have such beliefs, which the researchers attribute to "higher intuitiveness and lower analytical thinking."

Based on the recent study, it now appears that men born with at least one feminine-associated characteristic may have greater intuitiveness as well, possibly explaining why these men, like some women, are more inclined to hold paranormal and superstitious beliefs.


Now to put it to the test. My ring finger is a good half inch longer than my index finger...and I am not one to believe in the supernatural. Based upon that, as of now, the test is 100% accurate.

SOURCE: dsc.discovery.com...

Enjoy!




posted on Oct, 30 2009 @ 11:57 AM
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Make that 50% then as my 'ring' finger is also a good 1cm longer at least and I do believe in what many people believe to be supernatural - planes etc would have been supernatural as recently as 200 yrs ago and you would have put in an asylum for suggesting we could leave this planet altogether by jumping in a tube and setting off massive explosions beneath it. Or that we could talk to someone and see them in a box even though they were miles away/diff country etc.

Todays supernatural is tomorrows scientific advances.



posted on Oct, 30 2009 @ 12:03 PM
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Originally posted by johnb
Make that 50% then as my 'ring' finger is also a good 1cm longer at least and I do believe in what many people believe to be supernatural - planes etc would have been supernatural as recently as 200 yrs ago and you would have put in an asylum for suggesting we could leave this planet altogether by jumping in a tube and setting off massive explosions beneath it. Or that we could talk to someone and see them in a box even though they were miles away/diff country etc.

Todays supernatural is tomorrows scientific advances.


I don't think that envisioning future technology is necessarily "supernatural". When I think of supernatural, I think of ghosts, reincarnation and the likes. However, going by the strict definition of supernatural, you are correct.

For reference:

su⋅per⋅nat⋅u⋅ral
  /ˌsupərˈnætʃərəl, -ˈnætʃrəl/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [soo-per-nach-er-uhl, -nach-ruhl]
–adjective
1. of, pertaining to, or being above or beyond what is natural; unexplainable by natural law or phenomena; abnormal.
2. of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or attributed to God or a deity.
3. of a superlative degree; preternatural: a missile of supernatural speed.
4. of, pertaining to, or attributed to ghosts, goblins, or other unearthly beings; eerie; occult.
–noun
5. a being, place, object, occurrence, etc., considered as supernatural or of supernatural origin; that which is supernatural, or outside the natural order.
6. behavior supposedly caused by the intervention of supernatural beings.
7. direct influence or action of a deity on earthly affairs.
8. the supernatural,
a. supernatural beings, behavior, and occurrences collectively.
b. supernatural forces and the supernatural plane of existence: a deep fear of the supernatural.

Source: dictionary.reference.com...

So, like you said, we are now at 50%



[edit on 30-10-2009 by Aggie Man]



 
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