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Old 07-28-2009, 11:19 AM
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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?
That we make bad monitary systems?
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Old 07-28-2009, 11:21 AM
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Superstition is how we humans explain things we cannot curently understand.
So superstition versus knowledge is a zero-sum game.
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Old 07-28-2009, 11:25 AM
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So superstition versus knowledge is a zero-sum game.
It keeps people from freaking out. Why do you think there is so many superstitions about death and what comes after?
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Old 07-28-2009, 11:46 AM
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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?
That nobody is perfect... neither is anything we think up?
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Old 07-28-2009, 07:54 PM
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It's probably not entirely superstition. Imagine. Let your mind drift back, back to the days of early man. Crog, we'll call him, sits outside his hut skinning the deer he has just brought in from the hunt when the sky starts to darken. Curious he watches as the sun is swallowed up in darkness. He stares at the sun seeing the corona blazing past the black, and when it passes he is blind, the last image of that glorious crown of light burned into his retinas forever.
All the people in his village determine that the skygods have stolen his sight because he dared to watch the sun die, and so a superstition is born. No one may watch the sun die, and people begin to study the skies to determine when it will happen again.
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Old 07-28-2009, 08:02 PM
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It's probably not entirely superstition. Imagine. Let your mind drift back, back to the days of early man. Crog, we'll call him, sits outside his hut skinning the deer he has just brought in from the hunt when the sky starts to darken. Curious he watches as the sun is swallowed up in darkness. He stares at the sun seeing the corona blazing past the black, and when it passes he is blind, the last image of that glorious crown of light burned into his retinas forever.
All the people in his village determine that the skygods have stolen his sight because he dared to watch the sun die, and so a superstition is born. No one may watch the sun die, and people begin to study the skies to determine when it will happen again.
Crog dumb.

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Old 07-28-2009, 08:34 PM
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No, Crog blind. Hubert dumb, got tongue cut out.
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Old 07-28-2009, 08:35 PM
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No, Crog blind. Hubert dumb, got tongue cut out.
No! Grrr!! Crog DUMB! And Crog blind, too.

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Old 07-28-2009, 08:43 PM
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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 ( )).
Hmm... yeah. I don't believe a lot of conspiracy theories and superstitions but as a writer I do enjoy hearing how very imaginative many of them are!

The thing about conspiracy theories though which is strange is that just enough of them turn out to be true to make you think "Hmm..." about some of the others.

Like medical testing on people without their knowledge. And who knows -- if the CIA involvement in certain world events had not come out eventually then the Bay of Pigs etc would have been relegated to the realm of "conspiracy theory".

Having said that I don't believe the Moon landing was a hoax. However, we all know that Red Dwarf was right and that JFK travelled back in time and shot himself from the grassy knoll.

Solar eclipse will be bad for the stockmarket if the power goes out at the same time and nobody can see what they're doing!
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Hmm... yeah. I don't believe a lot of conspiracy theories and superstitions but as a writer I do enjoy hearing how very imaginative many of them are!

The thing about conspiracy theories though which is strange is that just enough of them turn out to be true to make you think "Hmm..." about some of the others.

Like medical testing on people without their knowledge. And who knows -- if the CIA involvement in certain world events had not come out eventually then the Bay of Pigs etc would have been relegated to the realm of "conspiracy theory".

Having said that I don't believe the Moon landing was a hoax. However, we all know that Red Dwarf was right and that JFK travelled back in time and shot himself from the grassy knoll.

Solar eclipse will be bad for the stockmarket if the power goes out at the same time and nobody can see what they're doing!
I still don't get how JFK survived to travel back in time.

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