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Instructions: Below you will find statements about spiritual and and metaphysical phenomena that science cannot address very adequately and about which there are many uniquely personal viewpoints and positions. We are interested only in your own personal, individual viewpoint, what position you yourself like to hold in such debates, not what is or isn't scientifically known or proven yet. Please indicate your level of agreement or disagreement with each statement by selecting a scale option according to the scale below. Answer reasonably quickly, but as faithfully to your own personal viewpoints as you can.


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01. I'm very receptive to magical or supernatural experiences, rather than skeptical. 1 2 3 4 5

02. No human mind could ever directly experience an alternate reality to our physical reality. 1 2 3 4 5

03. Some people may indeed experience true premonitions and foreknowledge of events. 1 2 3 4 5

04. At times, I have myself experienced extrasensory perceptions, or ESP. 1 2 3 4 5

05. Human beings have no capacity whatsoever to develop magical powers or abilities. 1 2 3 4 5

06. Spiritual entities in different forms could indeed exist among and around us in the world. 1 2 3 4 5

07. A spiritual energy or force like Karma could not possibly influence what happens


to someone in life. 1 2 3 4 5

08. Universal folk ideas like "black magic" are to me completely impossible and


due only to superstition. 1 2 3 4 5

09. I believe some may indeed experience real memories from a past life lived


before this one. 1 2 3 4 5

10. Psychokinesis, or altering movement of an object with just the mind, is impossible. 1 2 3 4 5

11. I expect there may be some gifted psychics with unusual powers. 1 2 3 4 5

12. The idea of someone in a deep trance being able to temporarily leave their


physical body seems completely impossible to me. 1 2 3 4 5

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13. Positions of planets and celestial bodies at birth could not influence personality


in any way. 1 2 3 4 5

14. I think it is possible that thoughts could influence the movement of a physical object. 1 2 3 4 5

15. No mystical experience could ever be due to a supernatural energy or force. 1 2 3 4 5

16. I tend to believe Karma does exist--one's present actions determine one's destiny


in a future reincarnation. 1 2 3 4 5

17. I believe some sort of rare individual might have an ability to communicate with


persons who have died. 1 2 3 4 5

18. Transcendental experiences of alternate reality couldn't ever exist, and can only be


mistaken views of ordinary reality. 1 2 3 4 5

19. I defend the possibility that some mediums who channel the voice and teachings


of ancient sages may be authentic. 1 2 3 4 5

20. No one can develop extraordinary powers of perception during a deep trance. 1 2 3 4 5

21. No genuine mind-reading seems possible to me. 1 2 3 4 5

22. I believe the human body probably does have energy fields beyond known physics,


and that this idea will sooner or later be accepted. 1 2 3 4 5

23. During altered states, such as sleep or trances, a person's soul or spirit may indeed


be able to briefly depart from the body. 1 2 3 4 5

24. Reincarnation does not seem at all possible to me. 1 2 3 4 5

25. No living human being could ever have a supernatural or paranormal power. 1 2 3 4 5

26. I think it's at least possible that ordinary matter can have supernatural or


"non-material" properties. 1 2 3 4 5
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Table 1. Conjoint factor analysis of TPS items with markers of spirituality and fundamentalism, Time 2 data.




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P17. I believe some sort of rare individual might have an ability to communicate with persons who have died.

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P19. I defend the possibility that *some* mediums who channel the voice and teachings of ancient sages may be authentic.

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