Thursday, October 6


It's funny how much of my life and "thought time" I spend in battling superstitions. I wonder what it is about humanity that seems to have a problem with expecting something to have an effect on something else when they are in no way, shape, or form related.

I bring this up because Steve Jobs passed away the other day and it had to do with complications with his cancer. I spent last night trying to remind myself that Steve's story is not my story (obviously). But yes, I guess it's a reminder of mortality.

Other things I tend to be somewhat superstitious about are things like foods or smells that I smelled or ate once and had some effect on how sick or well I was feeling. Chemo, like a sports event, has many times you can do something and get a good result so you do it again and again without any kind of basis in reality for it being a cure. (like "lucky socks" or something)

I've seen this in an IT capacity as well. If I do x (touch the monitor a certain way, mount the server with gold pins, etc) then it has fewer errors. Maybe nothing as blatant as the gold pins, but I am sure I do some things simply because it worked once.

Think about it. What things do you believe that aren't based in truth? And how do you combat them?



Ben Morrell
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1 comment:

  1. I've never seen more superstitious people than group of highly educated and intelligent men sitting around a table of dice. People that deal with numbers and logic for a living are suddenly reduced to comments like "This one's cursed, hand me that green one" and "This is my night, I just can't roll a low number". I have no idea why.


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