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Superstition: belief in the age of science

Why do people persist in superstition convictions long after science has shown them to be ill-founded? Join us for this event that is sure to contain a lively discussion!

In 585 B.C. the Greek philosopher Thales of Melitus calculated that on the 28th of May the Moon would pass between the Earth and Sun, blotting out the noonday Sun; it was the first solar eclipse to have been predicted. Thales used the occasion to make the most far-reaching observation of all time: every physical event is the result of a physical cause. Causality marked the birth of science, and Thales was immortalized as its father. Causality should also have marked the death of superstition, yet today, 90 percent of the people on Earth cling to supernatural beliefs. We will examine their beliefs and ask why.


Professor Robert Park | talks


Date and Time:

27 January 2009 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



The Royal Institution of Great Britain
21 Albemarle Street
+44 20 74 09 29 92

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