“Superstition” is by nature a pejorative word. Because of this, people hide their superstitions unless they are around like-minded folks. Though most religions embrace some superstitions (though they’d never call it that), religions condemn other superstitions which their believers must then practice secretly. But superstitions don’t live only in the domain of religions: even some atheists practice them – including myself.
The very definition of “superstition”, like “religion” is rather slippery. But most of us feel we know one when we see one. Heck, people practicing superstitions are often willing to call themselves superstitious.
This post is an annotated index to my superstition posts.
4 Theories of Superstition (and my related posts)
- Tofu Theory: getting inside the hidden mind
(a) The I-Ching and Tofu
- Random vs. Rational Theory: rationality can bias us
(a) Jiao Bei Divination
- Comfort & Awareness Theory: in a crazy world superstitions can keep us aware and comfort us. See:
(a) Salt Purification: how I rid ghosts from my house
(b) Onegaishimasu: how I bless our travels
- Silly Good Luck
(a) Airplane Luck (coming)
Miscellaneous Superstition Posts
- Superstition: an atheist touchstone
- Japanese Atheist prays in crashing plane
- Good Luck Religion
- Amulets for Buddhists
- My superstitious personality