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Our Obsession with the Paranormal

May 2, 2015 | Ponderables

UFOs are all the rage. Did space visitors build the pyramids? Guide ancient civilizations? Is Stonehenge a message they set up for other space visitors? Or, closer to home, do ghosts or guardian angels help keep us safe in our day-to-day lives?

David Stinson (4/4/15) has been able to ride that train with his book, Deadball: A Metaphysical Baseball Novel. As the title and this conversation suggests, it has to do with dead players who don’t let a little thing like death get in the way of the game. Whether or not you believe this is possible, it’s a fun concept to play with (pun intended), isn’t it?

But why do we as a culture have such an obsession with the paranormal? I think part of it is that we all want to believe there is something greater than ourselves out there. I think we’re kind of like children in the cosmos. Kids need someone to set boundaries for them. The world is just too big and scary for them to handle on their own. Adults are a safe space for them. I think maybe that’s what we adults want, too. A safe space. Someone to hold our hand.

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