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Superstitions are a little hobby of mine. I have a wide array of my personal superstitions which I have developed and perfected over time. I am also always interested in hearing about other people's superstitions. And on this occasion, I decided to learn something about their roots.Do I know now why I sometimes have to count to 7 before getting up (or a plane will crash somewhere in South America)? No, not really.What Jahoda does here mostly is just rebut all the theories about the origin of sup...
This is one of four books that taught me critical thinking. The others are Shamans by Alice Beck Kehoe, The Causes of Rape by Lalumiere et al and The Subversive Family by Ferdinand Mount.Jahoda's main point, as I remember, is that superstition doesn't really exist. It's a relative construct, just like heresy. One person's superstition is another person's belief just like on person's heresy is another person's true religion. Fascinating book.
A great book for those interested in the relation between myths and human nature. Short and gold, strictly recommended.