Superstition and Science

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Superstition and Science

According to William James in IS LIFE WORTH LIVING "our science is a drop, our ignorance a sea". In fact, we know that the source of the Superstitions is ignorance while Science is all about explanations and predictions of the Universe, however people's ignorance will never end. Many people tends to believe that superstitions exist even though it is not true. There are thousands of superstitions around the world that differs from culture to culture, unfortunately these beliefs affect our daily life. For example in China when your right eye blinks it is bad luck while in Morocco and most of the Arab countries it means that someone related to you is thinking of you. So if Superstition is ignorance, then how can it be related to Science?

A lot of our Superstitions stem from Human Consciousness which leads us to co-create our reality, for instance breaking mirrors will have seven years of bad luck. Where did these beliefs come from? And based on what kind of facts were they made up? Breaking mirrors superstition originates from the Romans, Greeks, Chinese, Africans and Indians. In the Encyclopedia of Superstitions 1949 written by Edwin Radford, Mona A. Radford, people believed mirror trap the one's spirit in it so breaking it will affect the person's soul, "The origin of this belief is that the soul projected out of a person in the shape of his reflection in a mirror may be carried off by the ghost of the departed person, and thus, would not go to paradise". Nowadays we know that mirrors do not trap souls, because mirrors are made of sheets of glass which is coated with metal so it can reflect the person's image.

Nightmares takes place in your mind when disturbing or stressful things happens. And for centuries people have looked into the meaning behind dreaming and Nightmares. Early civilizations thought dreams are messages from Gods, and Nightmares usually were believed to be omens of bad luck. For example when...
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