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Old 07-23-2009, 10:13 PM
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A total eclipse of the Sun is supposed to be bad luck for the stock market.

See: http://www.economist.com/world/asia/...ry_id=14081809

See actual results of the latest eclipse:

http://www.economist.com/world/asia/...ry_id=14098735
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Actually the solar eclipse is considered bad luck throughout Asia. The Chinese believe it portends great calamity like the death of an emperor, or natural disaster.
Throughout India, women who were scheduled for C-sections on the 22nd rescheduled to avoid having a child born on that day. Being born under an eclipse is considered a very dark fate indeed.
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Old 07-24-2009, 10:00 AM
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Well it is proven that full moons have effects on human minds. Why not an eclipse?
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Actually the solar eclipse is considered bad luck throughout Asia. The Chinese believe it portends great calamity like the death of an emperor, or natural disaster.
Throughout India, women who were scheduled for C-sections on the 22nd rescheduled to avoid having a child born on that day. Being born under an eclipse is considered a very dark fate indeed.
Superstition, superstition, superstition!

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The sun will be darkened, and the moon turned to blood.....
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The sun will be darkened, and the moon turned to blood.....
And the lord did grin...
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Interestingly in another way, there is a scientific rationale for superstition. It's all based on operant conditioning.

Birds that, for example, bobbed their heads before pressing a lever that distributed food, were sometimes observed to bob their heads every time thereafter before pressing the same lever again.

And people who walk under ladders are just tempting fate!!
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Interestingly in another way, there is a scientific rationale for superstition. It's all based on operant conditioning.

Birds that, for example, bobbed their heads before pressing a lever that distributed food, were sometimes observed to bob their heads every time thereafter before pressing the same lever again.

And people who walk under ladders are just tempting fate!!
There may be a kernel of truth to some superstitions, but even if so, superstitions, I think, are harmful in general. I think that some conspiracy theories are a form of superstition (though obviously not the conspiracies in which I see some credence, which, naturally, could be real and are therefore not harmful at all ( )).
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Old 07-28-2009, 03:51 AM
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Superstition is how we humans explain things we cannot curently understand.
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But if the sun has been eclipsing for millions of years, and the stock market has only been around for a couple hundred years, what does that say about human gullibility?
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