الأربعاء، 26 مارس، 2014

Definition of superstition


Definition of superstition
According to John O West in his definition of superstition, superstition means faith  in something which is illogical, something that has no scientific truthadding that it carries the sense of what some other fool believes. John stated   that folklorists going out to collect beiefs have learned that the term  « superstition » has a negative connotation , while people on many cultural or educational levels admit to holding a variety of believes as natutal consequences of  faith.
In another definition of  Dale Martin , superstitions are beliefs or practices that presuppose a faulty understanding about cause and effect usually by assuming notions of causality that have been rejected by modern science  but may represent  a long standing popular beliefs. So people for centuries have believed that certain numbers are lucky and others lucky.. modern science has uniformly  rejected beliefs underpinning « lucky » and «  unlucky » numbers but we still have buildings and elevators with no thirteenth floor which is considered to be as an unlucky number. For modern persons who may describe themselves as superstitious the term usually indicates their recognition that they are accepting certain beliefs that are admittedly rejected or marginalized by scientific culture they may say ‘ oh ! i am a bit superstitious’ but by putting in that way, they show that they know such things are ridiculed by one dominant powerful discourse of modern world science.

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