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    Science Vs superstitions around us . What is true and what is not?

    We all have two kinds of beliefs scientific beliefs and superstitions beliefs. Even when we think we completely believe in science and don't run our lives on superstitions ,yet we follow some.But what is the reality behind all these superstitions?
  • #623305
    These days people look for logic for anything to accept. Simply they will not go by the sayings of elders. If we look back 40 years, children were in complete control of the parents. If they say we should not do, children used to accept. But they never questioned why should we do it? So whatever the parents believed were followed blindly. Superstitions are such type only. There will not be any logic behind it.
    But in science for every statement, there will be a theory and there is a method to prove it. There will be a logic and by thinking logically we can understand why it should be done like this. So Science is believed to be the truth always.There is no doubt about it. At the same time, we can't completely rule out them also. They are made out of their experiences by our old generations.

    always confident

  • #623315
    Many superstitions have lead to growth of many inevitable values like forest preservation etc.The beliefs such as that of snake worship has preserved many forests and natural habitats . Maybe these superstitions were to enhance qualities which voluntarily humans would not care to develop.

    Blindly following what had been followed by our older generations would not be effective . We must try to reason the logic behind every such superstitions . If there were no such people like Rajaram mohan roy and Lord William bentinck , we would still have been practicing the cruel practice of sati.

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  • #623321
    My reply would be along the lines of the reply for an early thread Is belief in superstitions correct or not?.

  • #623323
    Thankyou sir for you sharing that thread . But if such superstitions do not hold any logic or basic reasons it would surely make it difficult for a person to blindly believe it just because our parents have been following it . We might find our own truth if we search for it.

  • #623329

    Science is based on fact and figures collected by actual experiments. Superstitions are some things which are followed blindly. Science does not change according to the boundaries of the countries. But, superstitions change even in the different areas of the same countries. Really speaking, superstitions are the product of some unfounded beliefs normally taken for granted. Superstitions are common in illiterate people since they do not use their faculty of reasoning.
    There are so many superstitions. If we work according to them then it would be impossible to do a single job in a day in the present day situation. . Normally, educated people have developed their faculty of reasoning and hence in modern days superstitions are losing ground.

    I have seen some well educated people propagating some superstitions only for their benefits. Some people run a lucrative business like of mantra-tantra and shantis. In the context of the thread, I would say science and superstitions are true with a difference that science is based on facts while superstitions are based on unfounded fears and dogmas residing in ones minds.

  • #623333
    Something you believe without having a material data and proof for that is considered as superstition. Science is something that analyses and finds some basic rules for anything and replicates the same universally when these basic rules and parameters are applied.
    However the sorry state is that science could not find answer to many things and could not explain many things that are happening.
    As individuals we cannot see properly our own back or what is inside our body. We still believe things said by doctors about our own body. So that means the fundamental things is 'belief' and 'faith'. That itself is superstition.

    As far as I am concerned science does not and cannot explain satisfactorily even one millionth of that we have on just this Earth. Then the whole Universe is remaining. Some of the superstitions can at least give some answer to all those. To believe that science is right itself is a superstition. We are all superstitious in our own way, because we all have some kind of faith in something, someone, some place etc.

  • #623340
    Science is based on experiments and observations. Superstitions are to a certain extent based on observations. However, all are not. But many are from the experiences collected through years. In comment #623315 mention is there about conservation of trees and forests.Also mention is there about snake worship. These are based on observations made by generations to generation. They could see the difference in the water availability in places where plants are more. They could also see that water level was going down when trees were removed. Together with this they observed that when snakes were there people would not go for cutting the trees. Hence based on people's believes during those days the availability of such animals, they observed, would save trees and forests. Hence groves were retained in the compound and snakes were not disturbed. Worship was the system followed in those days. Thus through a superstition of worshipping snakes they actually saved the trees, a scientific approach for conservation of forests.

  • #623411
    Author saying we are having two kinds of beliefs, one is scientific belief and the other is superstitious beliefs and seeking explanations for the superstitions.
    Superstition is an irrational attitude of mind towards nature.
    It is true that many intelligent people believe in superstitions than their uneducated counterparts which tend to be religiously focused. Religion is a mind virus. Its infection is untreatable. If we study physics, philosophy, archeology, and psychology in our colleges, naturally we inclined to think deep.
    Education fight off false beliefs. I read in a neuro science article, that some people are more influenced by neurochemical motivators (ancient part of the brain) more inclined to superstitions and some are thinking frontal cortex(modern part of the brain)

  • #623488
    Science is learning the truth while superstitions are beliefs embedded in our minds through generations of cultural and social progression.

    If we see the complexities of the universe and animal life (including humans) on earth we feel that science is still in its infancy and there are many things to understand and also there are many mysteries of nature yet to be deciphered.

    So till then science and superstitions will go along and people will prefer one of them as per their preference.

    Knowledge is power.

  • #623734
    Do we believe in superstitions largely because our parents have been following it?

    The answer is yes to a large extent. If you look the formative years of ours as children, our minds are influenced most by our parents and close family members. even up to the age of 10, as children we have an unshakable faith in our parents, a father cannot be wrong, a mother is the best person etc.

    So, when these people say and follow superstitions like the black cat crossing the road, spilling salt brings ill luck, we believe in it. After many years, we might question it to satisfy our intellectual/ration side of our mind but we still follow it.

    Another point is as humans, we shun the thought of something bad happening to us, this is closely related to bad luck or ill luck. Once we have a family or dependents we get worried, what if I don't believe in superstitions but my family pays for it by unnecessary suffering. I think, this fear of incurring a suffering (self or loved ones) also makes us inclined to follow superstitions as we don't lose anything by following it.

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