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.”?