Gee Whiz Facts
winner Richard Feynman once said, “Why nature is mathematical is
a mystery. The fact that there are rules at all is a kind of miracle.”
80% of all humans believe in a god or a supreme being, even though scientific
proof does not exist one way or the other.
to make the superstitions of a nation, and I care not who makes its
laws or its songs either.” (Mark Twain)
to worry more about low-probability really serious events than about
higher-probability so-so serious events, e.g., dying in a plane crash
vs being injured in a car crash ... even though air travel is about
100 times safer per passenger mile.
believe that it is good luck to find a four-leaf clover, but that it
is bad luck to have a black cat run across the path in front of them.
art showed no evidence of violence but, in time, the introduction of
war-god beliefs (after humans invented language and constructed male-dominated
religions) led to the honor of war and killing, foolishly persisting
to this day. (Jim Walker, March 1997)
are largely influenced by dominant memes (idea units which become “viruses
of the mind”) such as religion, fear-based patriotism, money, laws,
punishment, what´s cool, political correctness (much of which is absurd),
tossed coins into a fountain to ask aquatic deities for favors ... so
we still do so to this day when making a wish.
at night, sailor´s delight. Red sky in morning, sailor´s warning.”
There is some truth to this. Even Shakespeare said, “Like a red morn
that ever yet betokened, wreck to the seaman, tempest to the field,
sorrow to the shepherds, woe to the birds, gusts and foul flaws to herdmen
and to herds.”
If your right
ear itches, someone is speaking well of you. If your left ear itches,
someone is speaking ill of you.
and superstition will seem year by year more tempting, the siren song
of unreason more sonorous and attractive.” (Carl Sagan)