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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Superstition erodes Civilization

Nigerian superstition harms society:

A Nigerian murder suspect accused of killing his brother with an axe told police investigators he actually attacked a goat, which was only later magically transformed into his sibling's corpse, officials said Thursday. ...

Murder suspects in Nigeria, where many people believe in black magic, sometimes claim spirits tricked them into killing.

What if a jury of his peers tends to believe any crazy claim like this? What if news organizations repeated these claims all the time, adding, "for all we know magic really was involoved"?

Seeing this for the nuttiness it is, is a gift given us by our forebears. I'm grateful.

Civilization needs rational thought.


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