Friday, October 29, 2010

Superstition on the Ascent

Here is a headline straight out of Socionmic Theory for eras where mood is in a dominant negative phase:

Superstitious Beliefs Getting More Common
by Emily Sohn, DiscoveryNews
It's that time of year again. Ghosts, goblins and other spooky characters come out from the shadows and into our everyday lives.

For most people, the thrill lasts for a few weeks each October. But for true believers, the paranormal is an everyday fact, not just a holiday joke...

...trends in television programming offer a sense that there is a widespread interest in mystical phenomena that is becoming more common. In the 1970s and 80s, Bader said, there were maybe one or two paranormal-themed shows in the TV line-up. Today, there are dozens, including programs about ghost hunters, psychic kids, haunted homes and even possessed pets...

Expect more of this. Some of the coming rise in paranormal and "occult" activities that I expect to see will simply be individuals who have long held these beliefs finding a climate more conducive to airing these beliefs, while others "on the margin" will pick up these beliefs as a symptom of "magical thinking."

Plus, there are a number of fringe phenomena that I believe will be integrated into science once the negative mood phase is well underway, as conventional theories are found wanting in an age of anger and destruction of old paradigms.

Should be a wild ride. I'd brush up on my Crowley, Regardie and Lisiewski if I were you...

3 comments:

David said...

AMC is premiering a TV series on Sunday: "The Walking Dead."

Serial killers got their show with Dexter, psychics got their show(s) all over the place already, and now zombies are getting their show.

Of course, the zombie motif is especially appropriate in today's bear market given the walking dead banking industry.

Flagg707 said...

No joke on the zombification of American Finance. When this bad boy finally gives way, I may just take a day or two off to watch the faces of the CNBC crew as the zombies come back to eat the market...

Benny said...

There's a problem with your more supernatuaral TV shows = more superstition in daily life analysis.

Concurrent with the rise of the horror/spooky shows is the SciFi show (eg. Star Trek) - of which there are dozens as well. Does this mean the public are becoming more interested in science? I don't think so.

TV producers are hard up for new ideas. Vanilla flavoured cop shows and family dramas have been done to death.


(Yes, a lot of the "science" in these shows is so fantastical it might as well be depicting magic and a lot is just plain wrong but i don't think it invalidates my point.)