Over the last few hundred years, thanks to science, we have been able to peer behind our earthly veil and catch a glimpse of the complex yet elegant workings of the universe.
Amazing revelations such as that we are all made of stardust or the incredibly strange yet functional world of quantum mechanics have hinted that the universe is not only stranger than we imagined, but may be stranger than we can actually imagine.
Right, so the universe is filled with what, for lack of a better word, could be considered magic. So why do people persist to believe nonsense?
We have things like the flat earth society, psychics, ghost hunters and fortune tellers. Isn't there enough real, scientifically proven magic and grandeur in the world already?
Here's the problem as I see it.
Take quantum mechanics for example. If you don't know what quantum mechanics is, here's a extremely condensed overview.
When in the small scale, around the size of atoms, things no longer work as we expect them to work in everyday life.
Particles pop in and out of existence, show up in multiple locations at the same time and can have multiple properties till they are observed.
It's pure madness and completely counter intuitive. In fact, I saw physicist say something along the lines of "If you think you understand how quantum mechanics works, then you don't understand how quantum mechanics works."
Yet, theories have provided consistent working results. Electronics theses days take advantage of these incredibly strange properties to make your mobile phones, TVs and computers work.
However, despite all its strangeness and other worldly properties, quantum mechanics ultimately describes our mundane, boring, everyday life.
No matter how amazing the universe is, you still got to get up for work, go to the toilet, shower, eat and eventually die.
I think the lure of the supernatural and such is a seductive proposition as it promises to save us from the the daily grind. It gives us hope that our loved ones are still out there somewhere after death, that we can acquire the ability to affect reality only by concentrating really hard in front of a candle or that if we carry the severed foot of a rabbit, we can win the lottery.
Life is hard and everything requires effort. We all want to be free of that cycle and the supernatural provides hope of an escape.
This is a shame. People blindly believe propaganda and charlatans because they do not have the capacity to question and enquiry the information given to them. Understanding and application of the scientific method in everyday life could radically change and improve society in general. Then again, those in power would stand to lose much if this were to happen. CONSPIRACY!