SCIENCE AND SUPERSTITIONS: Essay

English_Master June 8, 2016 No Comments
SCIENCE AND SUPERSTITIONS Science and superstitions, although they claim their descent from the same, a common ancestry, yet like the Arabs and the Israelis, forgetting that they are brothers, are always at draggers drawn with each other; they have no love lost between them. Of the two sisters, the science and the superstition, the latter is the older. The common ancestor is ignorance. Born of the ignorance the superstition grew fast on the very I fertile ground of the hearts – innocent and ignorant. After a very long | time of the birth of the first child, the superstition, the second child, the more intelligent the more modern, the more beautiful child, the science was born. The latter born baby, the science, set-forth on the path that did shoot of distinctly at a fairly large angle, perhaps never to meet its sister again. It would not be wrong to say that though they are sisters, yet the latter, the younger sister is clearly distinguishable from her older sister. As man gradually gained more knowledge about the causes behind the natural phenomena; he began shedding off some of the fear associated with them. This was because man could now find and understand some of the ‘natural’ secrets. Once the ball...
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SCIENCE AND SUPERSTITIONS: Essay

English_Master December 21, 2015 No Comments
SCIENCE AND SUPERSTITIONS Science is the prerogative of the educated, while superstition is the domain of those illiterate. Though science appeals to our sense of logic and reasoning, even the most educated among us often practice rituals or beliefs that stem out of the fear of the unknown or out of tradition. It is a known fact that ancient India had made remarkable progress in science and technology, but most of these studies were restricted to the sages and the learned. Thus, in order to protect the common man from any untoward harm arising out of natural events, which could not be explained in simple terms, they made rules and regulations for the general public to follow. That is how we have superstitious beliefs that say one should not carry bananas or pickles while travelling or that it isn’t safe to sit under a tree at night or that it is not wise to venture out during a solar eclipse. The reason behind such diktats is simple, carrying banana or pickle can get messy during travelling, trees emit carbon dioxide at night while certain harmful rays may affect human bodies during an eclipse. However, gradually as these beliefs were passed down from one generation to another, the reasons were...
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