First and foremost...our apologizes again for John's audio issues. He's not "techy" by nature but he's learning and definitely feels shame. Especially after Greg and I berated him for a week or so.
So...superstitions. Since this episode aired people have been telling me all about their crazy beliefs. I should have interviewed them before the show I guess. As I said in the show the thing that is so fascinating about superstitions is that they are widely accepted despite their ridiculousness. And very smart, rational people put their faith in superstitions. I'm not trying to make fun of anyone...I'm guilty of believing in some of them too. But logically we all know that walking by a certain color cat or under a ladder will not affect your life in any way unless the cat claws your eyes out or the ladder falls on you.
So why do we believe in superstitions? I think Greg was the one who said that it helps us make sense of a nonsensical world. And why shouldn't we believe him? He has an undergraduate degree in psychology that he doesn't use. (I wonder if he'll read this. If he kills me someone please avenge my death.) But it does make sense. We'd like to think we have some form of control whether it's life events or the success of our favorite sports teams. I want the Chicago Bears to win. So I will wear my goddamn navy underwear because I know it will propel them to victory. And if it doesn't, I'll try again next week.
John doesn't believe in superstitions. Which isn't surprising. I don't really either, even though I knock on wood and do the underwear thing. Deep down I know I have exactly zero affect on the outcome of a football game outside of running onto the field and tackling a player. Which would then result in my spine being broken in half by said player. Maybe it just makes me feel like I'm part of the team.
No matter what your feeling is regarding superstitions...do us all a favor: knock on wood that John doesn't have any more issues with his sound. Robot John was a dick.
- Kevin Rosenquist