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Very Superstitious

Why even the most logical minds yield to magical thinking. Words by Okechukwu Nzelu. Photograph by Elizaveta Porodina.

You may be surprised to learn that behind closed doors, lots of people are knocking on wood, holding their breath when driving past graveyards, or avoiding crossing paths with black cats. In one YouGov poll, only 13% of respondents claimed to be superstitious—but almost three times that many believed that finding a penny brings good luck. Superstition inveigles itself on even the most logical minds: According to research published in Nature, many scientists watch their experiments obsessively in the hope

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This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Eight

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