Superstition is Based on Personal Experience

Almost every major systematic error which has deluded men for thousands of years relied on practical experience. Horoscopes, incantations, oracles, magic, witchcraft, the cures of witch doctors and of medical practitioners before the advent of modern medicine, were all firmly established through the centuries in the eyes of the public by their supposed practical successes. The scientific method was devised precisely for the purpose of elucidating the nature of things under more carefully controlled conditions and by more rigorous criteria than are present in the situations created by practical problems.


Astrology and other pseudosciences are believed because they appear to work in the real world, it is up to experiment to disprove them.

Folksonomies: superstition experience experiment

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Pseudoscience (0.989754): dbpedia | freebase
Science (0.775660): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
Magic (0.633049): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
Empiricism (0.621803): dbpedia | freebase
Scientific method (0.579974): dbpedia | freebase
Witchcraft (0.545195): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
Physician (0.495886): dbpedia | freebase
Theory (0.467214): dbpedia | freebase

 Personal Knowledge
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Polanyi , Michael (1962), Personal Knowledge, Psychology Press, Retrieved on 2012-06-21
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