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?


From L.A. Emrich’s BEYOND THE RABBIT EARS:

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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WHAT DO THE “REAL” GHOST HUNTERS THINK ABOUT PARANORMAL REALITY TV SHOWS?

Networks that you would think wouldn’t have a paranormal bone in their fabric suddenly had ghost-related programming. GHOST ADVENTURES (TRAVEL CHANNEL), THE HAUNTED (on ANIMAL PLANET because why?) and PARANORMAL STATE (A&E) are but a few of the more popular programs that accompany GHOST HUNTERS on our flat screens. This cash crop of ratings grabbers has created a new breed of television mark that professional wrestling promoters wish they could tap into. This has opened the doors to every type of paranormal, cryptozoic bug hunt possible, with Bigfoot hunting reality shows finding themselves as prolific as ghost hunting now. Too many programs clearly have less than factual intentions in their presentations with some selling staged re-enactments as reality. This has created a huge integrity problem, creating an over saturation of preternatural reality TV programming that is, at the least, giving our urban legends and myths a very bad name; not to mention actually harming the fledgling sciences that are attempting to explain the phenomena’s under study.

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 GHOSTS ARE DRAINING OUR CELL PHONE BATTERIES!

With surprisingly little fanfare, the great question that theologians and philosophers have wrestled with since antiquity has been answered: Our existence definitely, positively does not end with death. The dead hang around the worldly realm so their spirits can be used to power hair dryers and hot tubs.

For details, see “Ghost Asylum,” one of two series beginning on Sunday that add to the already unmanageable list of shows hawking spiritualism of one sort or another. “Ghost Asylum,” on Destination America, follows supposed paranormal experts who call themselves the Tennessee Wraith Chasers as they search for signs of afterlife in assorted haunted locations that once housed psychiatric patients and such. They may be looking for ghosts, but what they find in the premiere is an alternative energy source that could make oil, coal, nuclear fuel and the other polluting power sources obsolete.

The Wraith Chasers — who, by the way, are considerably more entertaining than most other ghost hunters on TV — are in the old War Memorial Hospital in Scottsville, Ky., when they get the strong sense that a spirit has showed up. Among the proof: The battery on one of their cameras loses power, a classic sign of spirit interference.

So stop blaming Apple or Samsung every time your cellphone battery seems to run out prematurely; blame your dear old departed Uncle Fred. In any case, what for another ghost-hunting team might be adversity is, for the Wraith Chasers, opportunity. Brannon Smith, who carries the title of “inventor” for the group, concocts a plan that could revolutionize energy production.

“The theory is that ghosts are feeding off the battery’s energy so that they can try to manifest themselves.” he says. “By using a solar panel, we could reverse this by sucking the spirit’s energy back into a battery.”

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