Spilling salt and walking under a ladder are said to bring bad luck, while finding a four-leaf clover and carrying a rabbit’s foot somehow ensure good fortune.
During playoffs, we’ve all heard of the playoff beard and the lucky charm an athlete use to help secure the next win. Even the most rational of us are susceptible to superstition.
What is the science of superstition? Is there a special ritual you go through before an important exam, say? Or something you wear to a job interview? What are some of your personal superstitions?
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Matthew Hutson, science writer whose latest piece, “The Science of Superstition” appears in this month’s The Atlantic Monthly; author of the book, “The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking” (Hudson Street Press; 2012)