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Modal Person Has Innate Inclinations Towards Supernatural Beliefs?

[M]any psychologists posit that humans have an innate predisposition toward supernatural beliefs because of the cognitive biases we're hardwired with. For example, it isn't a coincidence that almost all human societies seem to have the idea of what we would term ghosts, or that systematic astrology arose independent several times. Naive intuitions about mind-body duality or inferences one might make from the repetitive action of the stars against the cosmos are evoked by our common hardwire.

-- Razib Khan

from "Who believes in the evil eye?"

Quoted on Fri Jun 24th, 2011