07 Apr 1997 16:07

Fear of power invisible, feigned by the mind, or imagined from tales publicly allowed, religion; not allowed, superstition.
--- Hobbes, Leviathan, I, vi
General character. History. Migration of superstitions, socially and geographically. Equivalent concepts outside Europe. And Plato. And the neo-Platonists. And the Church Fathers. And the Renaissance. And the Enlightenment. And Confucianism. And Taoism. And Sufism. Before and after WWI. And mass media. And advertising. And popular accounts of science. And technological change. And evolutionary psychology. And the history of science.

Particular forms: alchemy (important for the history of science); astrology (even more important for the history of science); demonology