Americans pride themselves on their scientific approach

Americans pride themselves on their scientific approachExplain “Americans pride themselves on their scientific approach to life and problem solving. But as George

Gmelch demonstrates in this updated article, U.S. baseball players, much like people in many parts of the

world, also turn to supernatural forces to ensure success. Following the pioneering analysis of Trobriand

magic by Bronislaw Malinowski, Gmelch shows that, like Trobriand Islanders, baseball players use magic,

including ritual, taboos, and fetishes, to manage the anxiety generated by unpredictable events that

challenge human control.”?

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