I think we can all agree that we live in world of science. All our modern conveniences are the direct result of some chaps in lab coats dedicating themselves to unraveling the secrets of nature.
Every time we pick up a phone, play a game on a console or computer or get some antibiotics, we are feeling the effects of science.
So, with that in mind, I wonder why is it that we are still drawn toward superstition?
I've been listening to a bunch of podcasts dedicated to 'true' ghost stories and I'm simply amazed at the leaps in logic and lack of critical thinking.
People see a strange shadow or something moving on it's own which cannot be explained, and out of that we get spirits of the dead moving through energy portals and manipulation electronic waves to communicate with the living. A bit of a stretch if you ask me.
Now, let me make it clear that I do not think that people that believe or claim to have seen ghosts are stupid or lying (not all of them, anyway). I'm quite sure that people have seen what they claim. I myself have seen a few strange things in my life for which I have no explanation.
I remember when I was 7 or 8 years old, I saw a solid shadow of a person with yellow eyes in my bedroom. Keep in mind that this happened over a decade before the term 'shadow people' became a thing.
So, did I see a ghost then? Can't say. Since there are no formal, peer reviewed studies on the subject, all I I know is that I saw a shadow in my room at nigh and that's that. Did I dream it or was it really there? I don't know.
Science works with facts, and those facts can sometime be far stranger and more amazing than any superstition.
The incredible strangeness of quantum physics, the fact that we all made of star stuff, black holes, quasars, amazing physical transformations driven by evolution and all the mind bending things which are far stranger than any superstition, and best of all, they are proven facts!
So now I ask myself, why do people still gravitate toward superstition instead of science?
I think it's because, despite lifting the veil on the incredibly strange and amazing workings of nature, science simply describes the boring and mundane little world where we live, procreate and die with little or no ceremony.
Superstition promises things beyond our reality, a place of eternity where our love ones still exist after death, a place where magic can cheat nature and good and evil is clearly defined with no messy grey areas.
Yes, the lure of superstition is strong, but there are dangers in believing that which has no proof. There a million of people swindled out of their money by sly 'psychics' who prey on those who just want to believe, others commit atrocities in the name of a god that promises an enticing afterlife if they are willing to kill themselves in its name and so many refuse life saving treatment for their children because it goes against their religion.
I think it's time for people to stop wanting to believe and instead they concentrate wanting to know.