The Theory Of Superstition And Science

2050 WordsApr 25, 20179 Pages
Culture is a universally accepted part of our humanity that allows us to engage in a form of communication necessary to use our brains and imagination simultaneously” (Miriam Webster). Thales of Miletus was one of the seven Sages of Greece. According to Aristotle, he was the first known Greek scientist and philosopher. Thales understood the law of cause and effect. He had a brilliant insight. He advocated that for every physical effect, there is a physical cause. Perhaps this concept, “Causality abolishes superstition” (Park 31), is what leads us to entertain the thought that there may be a scientific reason for what happens. Superstition and Science have created an interesting juxtaposition in life. Superstition is not based on…show more content…
There are many different classifications of Culture. There are Native American, European, and Asian cultures, to name a few. There are even smaller “niche” cultures such as Cowboys, Hockey, Car Racing and even fishing cultures. In a fishing culture, superstition tells the tale that a woman should not whistle while on a boat. It is believed that, when they do so they are calling for the wind. A grander superstition is that some never go out on a Friday because they believe that their boat will capsize. Do all fishermen really believe that? In many cases, no, but they are not willing to take the chance and defy the odds. One is left to wonder how could journalism fit into superstition. Chain letters are notorious for instilling fear in people, and are delivered in many ways. Many years ago, the mail delivered them, from time to time to adults, and from time to time to children. These letters were also passed around at school. Today, email sends them, and are occasionally on Facebook and other means of social media. They are all forms of “journalism”, as they are written with the intent of being read. In every case, people became fearful. While they did not want to respond, or react, they were frightened not to; this is where superstition comes into play. What to do, what to do; If I send them will I “save” my family? If I don’t will they be harmed? Most of these letters came with some sort of
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