Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
why economic equality correlates with lower levels of superstition? or economic development?

Aren't there societies clearly super-wealthy with strong religious bleiefs (like the indian "abundance" socities of north-west coast America in the 1900's)..

and what about the other way around..are there societies with very low economic equality with low levels of superstition? I have no idea.. but it would be strange because magic (and in particular the thing we identify as superstition also is).. so defining low level will be tricky.. but the dogon are not particularly equal.. and you could say that the superstition is very low, although of course not because of science but because of highly structured language and myhtology.

Isn't it more a special stuff about the enlightenment ideas which were generated in a very specific context?

I dunno.. I am just asking about what makes you think so

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Wed May 23rd, 2007 at 04:29:11 AM EST
[ Parent ]

Others have rated this comment as follows:


Occasional Series