According to one would-be expert, it’s because people feel increasingly vulnerable during times of conflict and uncertainty.
Lionel Fanthorpe, president of the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena, said:
â€œIt is not a safe or peaceful world we live in, so superstition appeals more to people when they are nervous or anxious about the social or political situation.â€?
A recent study highlighted by Ben Schott’s Almanac of Belief and published in today’s Times shows:
- 31 per cent of people who say they’re ‘not superstitious’ believe in ghosts
- 42 per cent of respondents who considered themselves not to be superstitious would still touch wood before any perilous undertaking
I believe we are less superstitious today, that fewer of us bother about walking under a ladder, or believe in ghosts. But I am fascinated about paranormal experiences, do you know of any?
And don’t worry if you see any “ghosts” today, just remember it is Halloween.
*You might like these Halloween pics posted by JMB.