The doctrine of signatures is considered to be superstition, as there would appear to be no evidence that plant signatures ever led to the discovery of medicinal properties - any positive results being coincidence. I suspect that any visual connection between resin and cancer imagery is also a coincidence. Despite this are there any advantages in making connections between things that resemble each other? I certainly feel that this is one of the fundamental ways in which we create meaning and that this is something we shouldn’t loose.
Saturday, 19 December 2009
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The study participants were evaluated on their beliefs in both negative and positive superstitions. The negative superstitions included walking under a ladder, breaking a mirror and associating the number 13 with misfortune. The positive ones were crossing fingers, touching wood and carrying lucky charms.
Voracek then collected data on each participant's weight and length at birth, as well as their present age, education, adult height and weight. He additionally measured the lengths of the test subjects' ring, middle and index fingers. Prior research had determined that relative finger length, also known as digit ratio, can be a marker for individual differences affected by hormones. Men tend to have ring fingers that are slightly longer than their index fingers. In women, these fingers are usually about the same length, or the index digit is slightly longer (as in my hand - see above photo). In some cases, however, women exhibit a digit ratio more associated with men, while men may exhibit the ratio associated more with women.
The findings help to support the conclusions of Kia Aarnio and Marjaana Lindeman, both University of Helsinki psychologists who have extensively studied the propensity for paranormal and superstitious beliefs. They found that women are much more likely to have such beliefs, which the researchers attribute to "higher intuitiveness and lower analytical thinking."
Based on the recent study, it now appears that men born with at least one feminine-associated characteristic may have greater intuitiveness as well, possibly explaining why these men, like some women, are more inclined to hold paranormal and superstitious beliefs. Is this your experience?
Turquoise is a mineral that is a hydrous phosphate of copper and aluminium.
Turquoise is a purification stone. It is excellent for depression and exhaustion, it also has the power to prevent panic attacks. Turquoise aids in the absorption of nutrients, enhances the immune system, stimulates the regeneration of tissue, and heals the whole body. It contains anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effects, and alleviates cramps and pain. Turquoise purifies lungs, soothes and clears sore throats, and heals the eyes, including cataracts. It neutralises overacidity, benefits rheumatism, gout, stomach problems, and viral infections.
Cell biology encompasses one of the most visually striking areas of scientific research and has long been a source of inspiration for artists and designers. However, our anecdotal experience indicates that images and objects which represent human disease (eg. cancer) are perceived as simultaneously beguiling and sinister, and are often attributed with a malignant energy. This suggests that the tension between the dominant scientific world view and superstitious cultural beliefs remains as strong as when the seventeenth century Scottish philosopher David Hume proposed that it was unreasonable to believe testimonies of alleged miraculous events.We aim to use this blog to present our work at it progresses and explore the relationship between objects, superstition and disease with you. We hope that you will engage with us on these issues.