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In a comparison between New Superstitions for Old and Superstitious Minds it is only logical to begin with a comparison between the titles What is superstition or better yet who are the people who own superstitious minds as Letty Cottin Progrebin suggests It can be defined as excessively credulous beliefs in and reverences for supernatural beings Humans with superstitious minds are those who show belief in superstitions Although both of these essays are about superstition they are both written very differently which can be seen through the tone the purpose of the essay and the effect of the essayThe tone of New Superstitions for Old can be described as criticizing lecturing and somewhat belittling the reader which can be seen throughout the essay Margaret Mead believes superstitions are a joke which she states in her quote It is a kind of joke of course but it makes you feel safe630 she is criticizing those whom actually believe that superstitions hold power over their daily lives Mead also claims that many do not literally believe the art of knocking on wood will remove danger 629 It seems as if she is speaking in a very sarcastic tone implying that those who believe are acting on a childish basis Mead also emphasizes Civilized people are not alone in having grasped the idea of superstitions 631 Purpose is a major difference between the essays New Superstitions for Old takes a more academic and educational approach This can be seen through Meads quote for we know that natural events have natural causes 629 Margret Mead suggests that the reader is an educated individual who has the ability to comprehend the link between natural causes and effects This recurring theme can be seen again when the author says Superstitions however belong to the category of beliefs practices and ways of thinking that have been discarded because they are inconsistent with scientific knowledge629 it is easy to pick
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