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Offline pingnak

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Re: Superstitions you've knowingly engaged in
« Reply #29 on: October 03, 2011, 09:09:59 PM »
It is one of the sub-plots of watching professional sporting events.  Like baseball players.  Watching them go through a point-by-point-by-point routine between every swing of the bat, or pitch, or whatever.  An internal checklist including all kinds of bizarre motions.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1404017/?page=1

In one study, you randomly award pigeons by giving them some food.  Eventually whatever they THOUGHT they did, they keep doing to get the food.

It's the same thing that keeps idiots in front of slot machines all day, every day.  Pecking at the button.  Hoping for a reward.

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Re: Superstitions you've knowingly engaged in
« Reply #30 on: October 04, 2011, 10:08:25 AM »
I actually do not believe I've ever been superstitious.

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