Throughout history human-kind has had experiences with events and visitors that cannot be explained through normal scientific means. This type of phenomena is referred to as the paranormal or commonly referred to as psi phenomena. The focus of this paper and of the survey is to discern whether or not religiosity, or the general belief in the intangible, is a predictor of subsequent belief in the paranormal. An attempt to discern reasons why some people are open to the belief of paranormal activity while others are not inclined to believe. Using the survey method on college students at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, an attempt was made to ascertain whether or not belief in the paranormal hinges upon having actually experienced the phenomena, exposure to the paranormal, or a basic belief in a spirituality in some form. It is hypothesized that for someone to truly believe in the paranormal, it is necessary to witness or experience the anomaly first-hand, but it is also assumed that belief is often ingrained prior to having an experience by the culture and upbringing of the individual.
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