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Ask Marilyn: Why Are People Superstitious?
John Stratton of Baltimore, Maryland, writes:
Marilyn: You have stated that you're not superstitious. I'm not superstitious, either, but many people are. Why do many people have superstitions?
Most superstitions are learned during childhood. (I didn't learn any: My parents had no superstitions.) If these people don't get a solid foundation in science while they're still in school—which should get rid of most, if not all, superstitions—they may be stuck with them for life.
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