Quotable #58: Superstition

“It is true that that may hold in these things, which is the general root of superstition; namely, that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss; and commit to memory the one, and forget and pass over the other.” — Francis Bacon

Edit: I apologize to those who only saw a blank post. I’m not sure how it happened but I think that it’s a glitch since when I viewed my post by pressing “Edit”, the text was there.

So, I tried to press “Update” and fortunately, the post is showing now.

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My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. You can find me on Twitter` and Facebook. My email is edmarklaw@learnfunfacts.com

22 thoughts on “Quotable #58: Superstition

      1. Ah, that helps the quote make more sense. Thanks for the clarification. Bacon gives an accurate perspective on superstition: they are the result of focusing on some details and forgetting others. Also, I think some superstitions have stuck even when science or common sense have ruled them out because they’re comforting.


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