Superstition and Innovation – Part 2

Yesterday I delved a bit into how Steve Jobs carried, or at least seemed to carry supernatural beliefs. And he was not the only innovator doing so. We like to think of innovators in technology and science as analytical, rational, albeit enthusiastic and driven people. After all, computers do not understand emotion, just the cold …

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Superstition and Innovation – Part 1

If a mythological society innovates more, do superstitious individuals innovate more? Or maybe a tighter formulation: are innovators necessarily superstitious? We think of superstition as backward and unscientific, and of course in many ways, it is backward. But I can't help but speculate on how individuals like Steve Jobs and Isaac Newton embraced beliefs in …

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