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Science Versus Superstitions Essay

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Science has changed the living of a man's life. He has reached the stars , the moon and the planets.He has crossed all limitations and boundaries which humans set aside !! People wondering what really happened to the Earth.. where did humans evolve from ! How was the study of the stars related to humans !
Superstitions were prevailed in the world . It was not only existent in India but even in other parts of the world. The famous superstition related to the number 13 which was the all time favourite of all the English men just moved the world . Such theories don't really have an explanation but SUPERSTITIONS are just generated out of some unforgettable and ...view middle of the document...

Testers recently determined that “only one in five high school seniors have a solid grasp of science.” This was after they took the 2000 National Assessment of Educational Progress. Education professionals called the decline “morally significant, if our graduates know less about science than their predecessors four years ago(3 points lower than those taking the test in 1996) then our hopes for a strong 21st century work force are dimming just when we need them most.” Of course this situation is utterly appalling, but its implications go much further than the usual comments as to how this will impact our work force.
“When science comes along it shatters people’s illusions and self-created fantasy worlds.” Albert Einstein was rightly chosen the “man of the century” by Time Magazine. But his importance went far beyond his immediate field of physics, his greatness was that he ushered in and in a sense legitimized all types of science for humanity. A sort of coat tails effect. Now only 18% of seniors have a solid grasp of science. My question is this, what is the one force in the world that works to defeat the superstition, mythology and prejudice that we see all around us…? That is science. What is at the root of so many of the world’s problems and much of what we saw just recently on 9-11 Superstition. Hatred, fear and the prejudice fostered by superstition and mythology.
It’s really just another round in the age old battle of science vs. superstition. With these numbers just released one really doesn’t have to wonder why we live in the world we do.In my humble opinion, this age old battle of science vs. superstition is no less than the most important battle in the world today. Bigger than the various wars the world continually finds itself engaged in? Yes.. Bigger than global disease and epidemic issues?
Science has always been a sort of dirty word for many people anyway. When science comes along it shatters people’s illusions and self-created fantasy worlds. Leaving the warmth of their dreams is one of the most difficult things for people to do. And so, of course, many of them don’t. As Francis Bacon said, “People prefer to believe what they prefer to be true.” And thus is the history of civilization.The practical effect of this? The vast majority of people on this planet are lost in endless netherworlds of superstition, tribalism and mythology. Fear, hatred, prejudice, and the indescribable amounts of misery that accrue from such beliefs. And how many people waste their time and money with things like UFO’s, Bermuda triangles, ghosts, witchy women, and, of course, my all-time favourite, the hollow Earth “theorists”. The list here is endless.Throw in some power of positive thinking gurus, so-called psychodynamic therapy (Freudian based) and well as I say, the list never really ends
People have invented endless amounts of nonsense for themselves to keep them firmly ensconced from the...

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