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Superstition

I'm With Stupid: Chicken Wings, Rolling Rock and Brazilian Balls

Todd Hartley | Posted 04.11.2014 | Sports
Todd Hartley

I drank Rolling Rock beer and ate chicken wings, and I yelled at the TV to make sure the Huskies players knew what they were supposed to do. Without my advice and directions, those kids would have been completely lost out there.

Awe Increases Religious Belief

Matthew Hutson | Posted 02.12.2014 | Science
Matthew Hutson

An analysis of astronauts' reports reveals that for many, the awesomeness of spaceflight increased their belief in God. New research may explain why.

The Upside Of Being Superstitious

Polly Campbell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Polly Campbell

We know the beliefs and ideas we hold go a long way toward shaping our reality. Though they are merely thoughts, our behavior springs from them creating tangible results. If we think ourselves lucky, we will take on behaviors that create luck.

Watching Harry Potter Enhances Creativity

Matthew Hutson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Matthew Hutson

Creativity is also about breaking constraints. Even if your idea doesn't cross the borders of the possible, it's at least crossing the borders of the typical. And so you might wonder whether a mental visit to a magical place would free your mind to think more creatively.

I'm Getting Off at the 13th Floor

John Blumenthal | Posted 09.21.2013 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

Step on a sidewalk crack and your mother will immediately sustain a spinal injury? Yeah, that happens all the time. How come Dad gets away scot-free?

Torah and Superstition: Parashat Balak

Rabbi Sara N.S. Meirowitz | Posted 08.18.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Sara N.S. Meirowitz

Beginning in medieval times, modern Jews have understood the Torah to be monotheistic, testifying that only one God exists. But it might be more accurate to say that the Torah is monolatrous -- that multiple Gods exist, but we choose to worship only one of them.

You May Not Believe in Ghosts, But Are You Scared of Them?

Peter Rollins | Posted 05.23.2013 | Religion
Peter Rollins

The central scandal of Christianity is an invitation to give up such superstitious certainties at a material level and fully embrace the world without unconscious religious support.

An End to Worry

Michael Neill | Posted 04.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Neill

How can we stop worrying when part of us seems convinced that if we only do enough of it we'll stay healthy, safe, and successful for the rest of our lives? By recognizing that worry is a poor substitute for knowledge, intuition and inspiration.

Fear Of The Number '13' To Increase In 2013?

Newser.com | Posted 01.01.2013 | Weird News

Now that the Mayan apocalypse didn't happen, has anyone noticed another harbinger of bad news -- an entire year ending in the number "13"? Turns o...

On the Merits of an Arranged Marriage

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 07.23.2012 | Home
Dora Levy Mossanen

Was theirs an arranged marriage? It certainly was. Were they different in every imaginable way? You bet. Yet they managed to build a relationship based on love and trust. I wonder whether that was possible only because divorce was not an option at the time.

Where's The Proof?

Posted 05.18.2012 | Science

By: Benjamin Radford, Life's Little Mysteries contributor Published: 05/17/2012 12:32 PM EDT on Lifes Little Mysteries It may surprise people to...

What Science Says About Friday The !3th

Posted 04.13.2012 | Science

By: LiveScience Staff Published: 04/13/2012 08:59 AM EDT on LiveScience Does Friday the 13th freak you out? If so, hold on to your rabbit's foo...

What Gets You Lucky?

Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 05.16.2012 | Women
Margaret Wheeler Johnson

In anticipation of St. Patrick's Day, activate your luck by sending a photo of your good luck charm and a short description of what it does for you to women@huffingtonpost.com.

The 7 Most Overrated Curses

Mark Juddery | Posted 12.23.2011 | Home
Mark Juddery

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Science Needs To Ask: 'What Is Consciousness?'

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.20.2011 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

To go where science wants to go, it needs to become more complete, and for me, it can benefit hugely by expanding into the realm long governed by spirituality.

The Occult Chickens Have Come Home To Roost: Religious Superstition In Iranian Politics

Ali Rahnema | Posted 09.07.2011 | Religion
Ali Rahnema

Since early May 2011, charges of sorcery, witchcraft, and using supernatural powers to manipulate people and events for particular political ends have been leveled against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

My Lucky Hong Kong Gift

Jonathan Littman | Posted 05.28.2011 | Business
Jonathan Littman

Doing business in Hong Kong is not the same as doing business in New York, Paris or Rome. The biggest lesson for those planning to introduce a brand here or strike a deal is that superstition matters.

A Grander View of Evolution, Sans Voodoo

David Vognar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Vognar

A major reason for global political and personal problems is our misunderstanding of and blind conformity to cultural codes of attraction that reinforce insecurities, fear and social Darwinism.

Tanzania To Hang Blood-Drinking Killer Of Albino Girl

Reuters | Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A man has been sentenced death by hanging for killing a five-year-old albino girl in Tanzania by hacking off her legs with a machete and then drinking...

Boo! Is Friday the 13th Really Hazardous to Your Health?

Ben Sherwood | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ben Sherwood

As many as 21 million Americans will change their behavior today because of superstition. They won't go shopping. They won't fly on planes. And the cost of all this fear is enormous.

Bull Dinky From National Geographic

Stephen C. Rose | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stephen C. Rose

The Religion Code is a little piece I did a while back to flag the shameful pandering of mass media in dealing with Christian themes. Religion in itse...