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January 14, 2019
The evidence of experience #8: Superstition manipulates preferences and erodes confidence equally. Belief in luck seems unassailable when logic doesn’t explain what happens. Wearing your favourite socks, one pulled up the other fallen down, you catch a passing shot and try for the net. No-one can tell you how the socks influenced the result, and you believe that if everything is the same, next time you would be lucky again. But the inverse is true too: if one thing is different, then there is no chance of success, no point in trying. Superstition is a flimsy platform to stand on.