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« on: August 14, 2009, 12:20:13 PM »

Is being superstitious just something thrown up for us by evolution, or is their evidence for it? SHould we completly disregard it, or can it be applied to remove human error, as an incentive? Is being superstitious compatible with religious beliefs, or even without having them? What's your thoughts?
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« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2009, 07:10:49 PM »

I think the very definition of superstition has something to yield.

1. a belief or notion, not based on reason or knowledge, in or of the ominous significance of a particular thing, circumstance, occurrence, proceeding, or the like.
2. a system or collection of such beliefs.
3. a custom or act based on such a belief.
4. irrational fear of what is unknown or mysterious, esp. in connection with religion.
5. any blindly accepted belief or notion.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/superstition

Emphasis on 1 and 5. I think when people do not understand, cannot understand, will not understand, or don't want to understand, it is very easy to turn to superstitious beliefs. I'm currently reading The Selfish Gene, so I'll have more to contribute after reading it, but I'd say its natural to be superstitious in the evolutionary sense. It is a failsafe that our mind produces to give us the most likely possible explanation to something we don't understand.
However, as it currently stands, humans have far surpassed a mere evolutionary level, and are able to think outside of the realm of necessity, so therefore, if we are to truly progress as a civilisation, we must throw down all superstitious beliefs, even religion, and base what we believe on what we know, with evidence.
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« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2009, 09:46:41 PM »

 Angry We're not arguing whether religion qualifies as superstition here.
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« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2009, 09:51:21 PM »

no i was just saying to maxmise scientific progress you would have to throw unfounded theories out until they can be tested Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2009, 09:51:51 PM »

... the date for the big showdown nears...
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« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2009, 06:31:37 PM »

lol save it for another post, what do other people think about this?
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« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2009, 01:54:19 PM »

I don't believe in superstitions, yet I'm still superstitious. 
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« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2009, 02:46:41 PM »

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« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2009, 09:08:42 PM »

My logic hasn't overcome my indoctrination.
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