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Those of you who do not regularly pick up a book, might complain about the amount of text in this episode. To those I say:

Shall I compare thee to an Autumn's day? Thou art less temperate and more depressing than a wet rotten leaf, stinging me cold when rough winds do chance to slap its slimy remnants without warning in my noble of noblest face.

Did I say 'Noble'? I meant Humble. 'For humble a man I am, before God and man.'

Ah yes, God..! Which brings me to the current episode number 13, and its subject: superstition.

First of: I did not plan to coincide the cyber-spacing of B&S #13 with the insignificant calendar combination of today's day Friday, and the date May the 13th. My last news post, however, underneath B&S #12, indicated I might take advantage of this cultural curiosity surrounding the next number up after episode 12. And certainly the teaser for B&S#13 made a clear promise in that respect. But it was all just a coincidence!

Secondly: if you marvel about events that seem too coincidental to you (whether it'd be bad things happening to you on "bad" days, fortune teller's predictions coming true, or thinking about calling a person moments before this person calls you), and you're intrigued to find an answer to it, then why, pray, do the superstitiously inclined amongst you accept explanations that do not, in fact, explain anything?

Tell me, how much wiser are you with respect to the cause of a bad thing happening to you, when you know the date's Friday the 13th? Does awareness of this date create understanding? In what respect does this piece of information serve as an explanation, I wonder?

Accepting "explanations" like these strikes me as absurd. Especially in light of the fact that real explanations are freely at hand! Explanations that actually do create greater understanding concerning that which baffled you, thus really justifying the term 'explanation'.

By the way: Bad things don't happen more often on Friday the 13th, we just pay more attention to the bad things that do happen to happen on this date, than we do on other dates. We might also be more inclined to mark events more readily as negative on days culturally designated as fateful, thus "artificially" increasing the number of bad things happening on fateful days.

Bad thing only happen more often on culturally designated fateful days, when self-fulfilling prophecies come into play, and when fear makes superstitious people act more panicky in situations they'd otherwise handle adequately--say, on Saturday the 14th.

So, don't be afraid, but of fear itself. And all that jazz.

Next up: A teaser, some-time-this-week-or-something, for B&S#14. Keep an eye on Roel's Cartoons Homepage if you wanna stay updated.

The Dopperdude

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