Definition

One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Superstition or Science?

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Omens and Superstitions

Superstition

noun


  • excessively credulous belief in and reverence for the supernatural.
"He dismissed the ghost stories as mere superstition."
Synonyms: unfounded belief, credulity
Antonyms: science


  • a widely held but irrational belief in supernatural influences, especially as leading to good or bad luck, or a practice based on such a belief.
"She touched her locket for luck, a superstition she'd had since childhood."
Synonyms: myth, belief, old wives' tale, notion

25 Most Popular Superstitions Around the World


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Red Orbit

Science

noun


  • the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.

"the world of science and technology"
Synonyms: branch of knowledge, body of knowledge/information/facts, area of study, discipline, field


  • a particular area of science.

"veterinary science"

  • a systematically organized body of knowledge on a particular subject.

"the science of criminology"

Top 20 Amazing Science Facts


Our challenge today is to write a poem inspired either by superstition or science (or both).


12 comments:

Kerry O'Connor said...

Corey's challenge has not been scheduled, so I put this together in great haste. I hope it will suffice for your Friday inspiration.

Margaret said...

You are so funny… I thought you were going to relax and not worry :) But thank you… I was working on something and was going to ask you if you wanted me to post it today :) Thanks, Kerry, for all you do.

Kerry O'Connor said...

I was so relaxed and unworried that I didn't even check, Margaret. As it happened I had this challenge idea on ice - and a half hour to whip it up.

:-)

grapeling said...

regarding that first fact on the list, from Neil deGrasse Tyson: https://twitter.com/neiltyson/status/228503687994155008

"Just an FYI: If you removed all veins, arteries, & capillaries from your body and laid them end to end, you will die."

:) ~

Magaly Guerrero said...

@Kerry, what Margaret said. Ha! You relax (and focus on what must be done almost as well as I do, lol). I'm supposed to finish edits (due in two weeks), but when you said "superstition and science," I had to write something. It was too fun of a topic to skip!

Hope you have a very productive weekend. ♥

Sherry Blue Sky said...

A timely prompt, Kerry, as my cousin told me a great ghost story this past weekend.

Myrna R. said...

I haven't posted here in such a long time. Glad to be back today. Great prompt. Thank you.

Hannah said...

Just the added magic needed...thank you, Kerry. :)

Margaret said...

So many ideas swirling in my head, but it is almost midnight - homecoming weekend for my two high schoolers. Tonight the game, tomorrow the dance. To top it all off - a cross country meet that they have to catch a bus at 5:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Suffice it to say, I don't' think i will be doing this prompt. :) Thanks for putting it up, Kerry.

Grandmother (Mary) said...

Good prompt, Kerry. Got me remembering...

Susie Clevenger said...

Thanks Kerry...love the prompt!

hedgewitch said...

Kerry, I missed this prompt due to wacked out computer issues Friday--I have a poem for it, and you will see it soon, I promise.