Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Superstition

by Gary Niederhoff on December 26, 2011

Wait! Before you step outside… is it Friday the 13th? Any black cats prowling around? Broken a mirror lately? Homo sapiens are a superstitious lot. Find out why our brains are wired for irrational belief. Plus, from the 2012-end-of-the-world prophesy to colliding planets – why some people believe the universe is out to get ‘em.

Also, Brains on Vacation takes on a challenge to relativity and our Hollywood skeptic has doubts about exorcism. It’s enough to make your head spin on Skeptic Check… but don’t take our word for it!

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Attack On Relativity
Part 2: Science Of Superstition
Part 3: Fear Of Astronomy
Part 4: The Exorcist
Part 5: Super Solar Storm
Part 6: Superstitions of the World

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