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Not Silly to be Superstitious Says Prof. Gail Satler

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Dr. Gail Satler
Dr. Gail Satler

Dr. Gail Satler, professor of sociology, was interviewed by Anton Newspapers for an article about superstitions – where do they come from? Why do even the most level-headed people sometimes walk around a ladder instead of under or avoid making plans on Friday the 13th?

Dr. Satler told the reporter, “The sense is if you can do something to enhance your luck, why not do it? These are traditions that get repeated and passed down like other traditions. So many of them are to make you well, like eating chicken soup or wearing garlic. They really are all about well-being, and they are usually passed down by someone who cares about you. Why shouldn’t you give it a try?”

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