Why do people believe in mystical things?

Question by Mr. Nobody: Why do people believe in mystical things?
And by mystical things I mean astrology, palm reading, horoscopes, religion, parapsychology etc.
If you stop and look around the world is a very rational place, sure there might be many mind boggling things going on, but at the end of the day everything has an input and and an output, a cause and effect. So what makes people stop thinking and rely on things without any evidence?

Best answer:

Answer by Mrs Logic
Well, it is easiere to prove something exists that for it not to exist. Not so very long ago people would have laughed at the idea of sound or pictures travelling from one part of the world to another almost instantly. They would have laughed at the existence of invisible waves upon which sound was carried.

People who believe in things such as you describe simply believe they are real. They don’t need proof that it exsists because to them, it does. Who knows……maybe something will happen that will make you say “Wow! So that is how it works?”

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12 Comments so far »

  1. Maha Ishvar said,

    Wrote on March 4, 2013 @ 11:18 am


  2. Python said,

    Wrote on March 4, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

    Good question. If you really think deeply about it the world is a mystical place as we are so removed from nature in this modern society. This is not the point though, we believe in mystical things because that energy we don’t understand exists around us. If that makes any sense…

  3. A. Thorne said,

    Wrote on March 4, 2013 @ 12:11 pm

    Because it’s more fun, reality stinks to high heaven.

  4. Lalitha R said,

    Wrote on March 4, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    Human mind is always intrigued by the power of Nature. So many things which are beyond the normal level of human understanding happen and we wish to know the why and the how of these happenings.

  5. Diogenes said,

    Wrote on March 4, 2013 @ 1:32 pm

    It is the curse of a self aware mind.
    We can imagine things and remember things and speculate about how things will change in a future we know is coming.

    THAT is a lot of responsibility.
    It helps if we can move some of that responsibility onto some other person or power we “know” is bigger and older, and smarter than us.

    Now, don’t be so quick to condemn those people, as we all do it in some form or another.
    I know you think you are ruled by logic, but all of us glance over our shoulders and hold a talisman every now and again.

  6. Jesere said,

    Wrote on March 4, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

    because they exist..

  7. trueprober said,

    Wrote on March 4, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    Hello friend Mr. Nobody, people usually are easy going. They don’t want to be industrious and out of ignorance they have to rely upon some one else. So believing such mystical things. Astrology is truly a pure science. No doubt about it. But the true astrologers with all skills are very rare to be found. Palm reading has got very good indications of our mind. Deep understanding and much more experience is needed to read the palm so correctly. We believe that the world that we sense with these five senses are so true. But actually it is not so. It is just dreaming state you know. When we die we go to sleeping state. Again we come back to dreaming state. Waking up is the most important one. It becomes possible only when we realize our own selves. So as you said close observation of all things happen in nature would teach us a lot. Good keep it up, dear.

  8. mary castilo said,

    Wrote on March 4, 2013 @ 2:48 pm

    People are people they are alive with their beliefs and they always need smth to believe in,however some of them could be right and some of them could be wrong who knows what is right and what it isn’t anyway.

  9. Dr weasel said,

    Wrote on March 4, 2013 @ 2:51 pm

    Mystical is nothing more than science without structure. It lacks definition that can give us full understanding of it’s usefulness. Most of your examples suffer from people taking an observation and applying too much literary license. They exaggerated and in some cased waxed eloquent (fibbed)
    But at the root of some of these “mystical things” is an observation that would give the mind pause. It should be re-evaluated in the light of the scientific process to learn what can truly be said of them.

    For some people, however, the attraction is romantic in the idea of magical power. Consider paganism. Ever count the number of “spells” that have to do with love or riches or sickness? It is the romance of power for the powerless. They have no hope otherwise and reality is only a bitter thing. Their romance gives them something to hope.
    In observing these things, though, be sure to observe closely because not all things are romance. A good story must always have a seed of truth to sell it. That truth, like all truths, is valuable.

    @ Susan.. wow, really?

  10. Ratz said,

    Wrote on March 4, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

    We’re instinctively magical thinkers. Science is not really a natural mode of thought. You have to learn it and learn to think critically. Read “Why People Believe Weird Things” by Michael Shermer if you want a better explanation.

  11. V∟И X said,

    Wrote on March 4, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

    truth is stranger than fiction…

  12. susan said,

    Wrote on March 4, 2013 @ 4:32 pm

    When you have experienced the mystical, how can you not believe. (By the way, religion is something made up by people, so does not qualify to be included here, in my opinion.) In fact, I am not certain any of the other things could be considered mystical either. They are skills that can be taught. Mystical things occur on their own.

    The real question is why does it bother you that there could be an unseen world?

    @Dr. Weasel, yes, really… that is the difficulty I have with spells and all… they are not a natural connection with the spirit world that requires no special conditions (although it is admittedly more difficult to receive amidst a lot of confusion than it is when in a calm and peaceful environment).. Anyway, what I refer to is the way of life for many people who have resisted the influence of western culture and has been for thousands of years… nothing new and definitely nothing flashy!

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