The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot, page 6:
but why is science so resistant to the paranormal in particular? this is a more difficult question. in commenting on the resistance he experienced to his own unorthodox views on health, yale surgeon dr. bernie s. siegel, author of the best-selling book love, medicine, and miracles, asserts that it is because people are addicted to their beliefs. siegel says this is why when you try to change someone's belief they act like an addict.
there seems to be a good deal of truth to siegel's observation, which perhaps is why so many of civilization's greatest insights and advances have at first been greeted with such passionate denial. we are addicted to our beliefs and we do act like addicts when someone tries to wrest from us the powerful opium of our dogmas. and since western science has devoted several centuries to not believing in the paranormal, it is not going to surrender its addiction lightly.
i am lucky. i have always known there was more to the world than is generally accepted. ...