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Some people have written to say I’m ridiculous to point out that a lot of people are seeing something ominous about the circumstances of the shuttle disaster. I disagree; it’s not important whether or not the disaster was a portent (anyway, how would you verify that?); it’s sociologically, and maybe psychologically, significant that so many people feel somehow that it is. Here’s a nice, balanced column acknowledging that it’s deeply human to look for portents in events like this, but ending by saying that one of the distinguishing marks of Western culture, unlike many Third World traditional societies, is that we ultimately have gotten over magical thinking.



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