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Music Monday: Stevie Wonder - “Superstition”

October 24, 2011

I’ll be honest, today’s Music Monday came as a complete surprise to me. When I was compiling a list of songs to be featured here, I came across Superstion by Stevie Wonder, and was all like “pshaw, no way!” This song was always one of those songs that I had listened to and didn’t pay too much attention to. 

Upon further investigation I realized the song has a skeptical bent. It has lyrics like:  

When you believe in things that you don’t understand
Then you suffer 
Superstition ain’t the way, yeh, yeh 

How could I have been so mistaken? 

There is a serious message behind the funk here. Superstitious thinking is a mind virus that I’m sure we have all been infected with at one time or another. I know I am guilty. Obviously, some superstitions are more dangerous than others, but I’m sure there are a pair of socks somewhere from my sophmore baseball season that could put down a small elephant. Speaking of animals and superstition, a recent USA Today article reported on “black pet syndrome,” or the unlikelihood of shelter animals being adopted because they are black. The article notes that this is at least partially due to superstitious beliefs about black animals such as cats and bad luck. Of course this is not a good reason to not adopt an otherwise lovable and adorable pet. Now, two side notes here: 
1. Spay and neuter your animals!
2. Check out my lovable black cat Elphie! (don’t stare too long, I’m certain she can turn people into stone!)

But that’s enough pictures of my cat, it’s time for music! Perhaps some music that can find its way onto a Halloween playlist? I present Superstition by Stevie Wonder: 

EDIT: At the request of CFI Institute Education Programs Administrator Ed Beck, I have added the live Sesame Street version of this song.


As always, if you have suggestions for future Music Mondays, feel free to email me at or leave a comment below. Your suggestions, along with future and past songs, may end up in the official Course of Reason Music Monday Grooveshark playlist that anyone can listen to.




About the Author: Cody Hashman

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Cody Hashman is a Campus and Community Organizer at the Center for Inquiry. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa, with a degree in Psychology, where he was the co-founder and president of the UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers.




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