Adults More Likely to Believe in the Supernatural

Courtesy of Stuart Miles at

You may think that only children believe in fairy stories, but an article published in Child Development this month indicates otherwise.

When it comes to ideas about illness, death, and the origin of species, adults are more likely than children to assign a supernatural explanation than a scientific one, a meta-analysis of 30 studies found.

And in South Africa, which is currently suffering an AIDS epidemic, the majority of the 366 respondents to a questionnaire attributed HIV infection either partially or solely to witchcraft.

Just why children are more scientifically-minded than adults could be due to a number of factors, including increasing levels of education worldwide.


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