Why some folk readily accept supernatural explanations

One of the main reasons could be simply that people want to believe in the paranormal

When I was a boy, back in the 1970s, I spent a short but intensive period of time trying to bend spoons using the power of my mind.

I was nine years old when the Israeli magician and psychic Uri Geller achieved worldwide fame by using ostensibly telekinetic powers to bend spoons, move compass needles and mend broken watches, and other mystifying feats.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 13, 2018, with the headline 'Why some folk readily accept supernatural explanations'. Subscribe