By 2050…

Have your beliefs changed over the last…

10 years?

20 years?

50 years?

Are you more open or closed to things you don’t understand?


Hearing voices, catching glimpses of odd lights and shadows where they don’t belong, getting strange feelings and thoughts that something is going to happen and then it does, are all common experiences. At this point, who doesn’t have a real-story to tell? It makes one wonder if there isn’t something to all this “paranormal” activity? Why is it so prevalent? Could it be increasing in our day and age?

Some are extra-cautious and question if this is even a legitimate conversation, while others appear to be obsessive with the subject, and can’t stop talking about it. Still, others go for years without saying a word, only to reveal their personal encounters quietly and in confidentiality. After all, no one wants to be rejected, or thought of as gullible, emotional, or crazy.

Whatever one’s position may be, things are happening, people are searching for answers, and pop culture is…

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What does all this mean for the future?

The research shows that there are many conflicting theories about the relationship between religion and the paranormal.

A common assumption is that people outside of mainstream religion are more likely to embrace the paranormal as a substitute set of beliefs.  Others theorize the opposite, stating that religious people who are accustomed to “transcendent” values are more likely to hold paranormal beliefs.  In either case, it’s not a simple task to categorize people and their beliefs, nor do people appreciate being categorized and labeled.

Leading sociologists agree that paranormal beliefs are equally prevalent among both religious and nonreligious persons (with a few exceptions, of course).  Surprisingly, this widespread belief is not the result of popular Reality TV shows or conspiracy theories.  The belief in the paranormal primarily comes from personal, unexplainable encounters.

If you think about it, Reality TV shows get all their programming material from the real life experiences of ordinary, everyday people.  The fact of the matter is obvious, unexplained things happen all the time, everywhere, and with all types of people, whether they be religious or not, and TV programming only serves to mirror this.

After analyzing surveys and polls, researchers predict that by 2050 almost 80% of the American population will report a minimum of one paranormal belief.  In other words, pop culture’s obsession with the supernatural is not going to decrease, but only continue to increase dramatically.


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An Oddball? I Don’t Think So!

Remember in the 1980s when actress Shirley MacLaine started openly talking about her paranormal interest?  Her book OUT ON A LIMB (1986) included topics such as the following:  channeling, spirit guides, reincarnation, UFOs, etc.  At the time, she seemed wacky, and late night comics garnered huge laughs at her expense.  But the latest research shows that her views were not so out of touch with societal interests after all.

You might be surprised to learn that the average American personally holds more than two paranormal beliefs.  Researchers state, “Statistically, those who report a paranormal belief are not the oddballs.”

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A 2005 Baylor Religion Survey found that women are twice as likely to believe in astrology, mediums, psychics, and the like, while men are more likely to believe in Bigfoot, UFOs, aliens, Atlantis, mermaids, and the varied mythical creature types.  The reason being is because women tend to want to improve themselves, while men largely want to hunt, capture, and prove it’s real.

The same survey also revealed that belief in the paranormal was more prevalent among the unmarried, and with increase in age and income it tended to noticeably decline.  Also, Democrats and Independents were significantly more interested in the supernatural than Republicans were.  Overall, the research seemed to suggest the obvious:  less conventional, non-traditional people were more likely to entertain otherworldly possibilities.

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The Paranormal is Normal?


Don’t expect producers to do so any time soon.  Paranormal TV series and movies are huge money makers.  Research shows the growing supernatural genre is meeting an increasing curiosity in unexplainable phenomena.

Sociologists Christopher Bader and F. Carson Mencken of Baylor University and Joseph Baker of East Tennessee State University report in their 2011 book Paranormal America that more than two-thirds of Americans have paranormal beliefs.  Leading scholars suggest, with the growth of an immigrant population more open to the paranormal, the pop culture demand for the supernatural is expected to only increase.

However, there are those who have no interest, mainly atheists and conservative Christians.  Though both groups rarely see eye to eye on anything, they both share an ardent disbelief in UFOs, ghosts, psychics, Bigfoot, etc.  Regardless, studies show that nearly half of all Americans believe in these things, including extraterrestrials!

Apart from the obvious group of skeptics, there is a growing majority of spiritual seekers in our generation who are opening their wallets to beliefs, practices, and experiences that are not necessarily respected by accepted science or conventional religion.  Their curiosity is making the paranormal a mainstream topic. “What we can say with certainty is that we live in a paranormal America,” write Bader, Mencken and Baker. “Put another way, the paranormal is normal.”

Author L.A. Emrich’s new book BEYOND THE RABBIT EARS explores America’s pop culture obsession with the paranormal by taking a look at popular music, literature, ancient myths, history, religion, the Bible, mystic poetry, TV shows, and movies.  You’ll be amazed at how much of what people consider “normal” has actually been strongly influenced by the paranormal!

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