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Dispositional Scepticism, Attitudes to Science, and Belief in the Paranormal

Dagnall, NA and Irwin, H and Drinkwater, K (2016) Dispositional Scepticism, Attitudes to Science, and Belief in the Paranormal. Australian Journal of Parapsychology, 16 (2). pp. 117-131. ISSN 1445-2308

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Abstract

An online survey was undertaken to examine the relationship between the intensity of beliefs in paranormal phenomena and two facets of a scientific worldview, namely, an appreciation of the values of science and a disposition to presumptive scepticism. A sample of 202 British residents participated in the survey. The findings indicate that paranormal believers have both a relatively low regard for the values of science and weak dispositional scepticism. These findings are discussed in terms of the worldview hypothesis of paranormal belief.

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