Superstition surprisingly high in those with scientific background

In “Will science banish superstition for ever?: Which makes people more superstitious: fervent scientism or fervent religious belief? The answer may surprise you,” we learn, among other things:

In Britain, during National Science Week (2003), University of Hertfordshire psychologist Richard Wiseman and associates surveyed 2068 people on superstitious behaviour. They found, among other things, that

“The current levels of superstitious behaviour and beliefs in the UK are surprisingly high, even among those with a scientific background. Touching wood is the most popular UK superstition, followed by crossing fingers, avoiding ladders, not smashing mirrors, carrying a lucky charm and having superstitious beliefs about the number 13.”

Twenty-five percent of the people who claimed a background in science were very or somewhat superstitious. (Mercatornet, August 10, 2011) More.

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One thought on “Superstition surprisingly high in those with scientific background

  1. I think a lot of the “superstition” of British scientists is more a kind of humor. This is only based on my interactions with my father (a British scientist) and his colleagues, they jokingly knock on wood periodically and it seems more associated with Murphy’s “law” than anything else. Again, this is only based on the few that I know, those that I know tend to discredit anything supernatural, superstition or not.

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