Monday, August 11, 2014

Book Review
Superstition: Belief in the Age of Science
Robert L. Park
            Robert L. Park wrote this book to show the human inclination to understand an embrace the supernatural.  This book tries to describe the connection with things we cannot fully understand but try to.  Park is trying to show us how individuals simply try to find a way to explain the unexplainable with even taking the easy way out to get their point made out.  This just shows how people will try to find a connection of any kind even if there is not one.  Park is trying to convey to us that humans will simply try, want, and need to make sense of things in our world to make them feel more at ease. 
            My favorite part of this book that expresses this ideal is that of the Tsunami God in which a tsunami hit along the Indian Ocean which destroyed villages and killing so many people.  The people of this area were mainly Muslims believed it was a punishment from their God because of several women showing their hair.  This just clearly shows that something the people could not explain, so they try to find a way to explain to justify something that would benefit ways to get what they want out of people and even stay in control.
            I believe this relates to my favorite part of our text for this class.  It ties in with mass hysteria and delusion, something that happened people try to justify it and continue to use it to keep people in line.  It is like with the blogs I wrote about with the Jersey Devil and El Chupcabra.  Something that could not be truly explained people find a way to use it to keep people in line.  It is a prime explain of using social psychology in its simplest form to get what they want out of the masses. 
As you can see even to this day people use such reasons to such reason to things in my opinion to have control over others. 

I see how people still use this today because a lot of people are under educated with the real world and influenced by what they hear from others.  You have many cults, religious, and simply crazy people using this to their advantage.  Telling people that possibly horrible things could happen to them or others if they don’t follow and obey certain views in which they are told to.  I believe this book can be used to introduce people to the real world and make them up to the reality of life.  I am not a superstitious person in anyway but I believe we control our own fate but certain things can happen that our simply out of our control.  I just can that being at the wrong place and the wrong time.  

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