October 5, 2013

"Superstitious rituals can really work..."

"... but it’s not magic, it’s psychology."


EDH said...

What’s less intuitive is how a simple physical act, like knocking on wood, can alleviate that concern.

Many government initiatives seem to serve a similar purpose: psychologically alleviate a concern without any actual improvement of the situation, if not cause new harm.

Yet prove much more expensive than knocking on wood.

Carnifex said...

I learned all I need to know about mysterious forces from the movie "The Men Who Stare at Goats" starring Kentuckys own Geo. Clooney. It's prolly avail through the Prof's Amazon portal for a minimal fee.

(do I get brownie points for suck upping?)

John Lynch said...

I'm convinced. Psychology is superstition.

AlanKH said...

So let's send exorcists to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and Capitol Hill.

Carl said...

...but it's not magic, it's psychology.

There's a difference?

Lem said...

If I mention the score on a blog while the Sox are winning and then they loose, the idea of not re-immersing in the event I originally immersed in, when I mentioned the score, would be tantamount to a form of disingenuity on my part.

Always want to do the right thing... and everything else will be added on later. that's in the bible.

Lem said...

is it lose or loose?

Its loose if they lose by more than one run.

Lem said...

BTW The Sox are wining. I thought I mention it just to show how unsuperstitious I am.

Lem said...

If the Sox loose it will be Althouse fault.

Lem said...

The Sox are still winning.

Althouse may be bringing us good luck?

That remains to be seen.

Big papi just hit another home run.

Althouse is good luck.