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Response to Jim__ (Reply #15)

Fri Mar 30, 2012, 12:16 AM

21. Anecdotal evidence: Astrology columns in newspapers. Useless gambling systems.

Homeopathic "remedies" sold in real drugstores, right alongside drugs that have been subjected to scientific double-blind testing. People who think they'll "jinx" something by what they say (commenting on good fortune will make it go away, saying "what if so-and-so died" will make the death more likely, etc.).

The general population is, let us say, American adults (people who are eighteen years of age or older). That's the definition used in one source of non-anecdotal evidence. In a very cursory Google search, I turned up a Gallup press release from 2000, according to which

the Halloween poll does show that the American public's belief in ghosts and witches has increased substantially since the question was first asked in 1978. Currently, 31% of American adults say they believe in ghosts, and 22% say they believe in witches. In 1978, just 11% of the public said they believed in ghosts and the same percentage said they believed in witches.


Source: http://www.gallup.com/poll/2380/one-third-americans-believe-ghosts.aspx

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