Why do we fear the dark?
Why does the mere absence of an electromagnetic wave, we call “light”, threaten us so much?
It affects no more than one of our senses.
Can’t you see how illogical it is?
A tiny species living on a rock floating in a dark universe, dominated by dark matter and dark energy, feel insecure when the lights go off in their small worlds.
That’s specially ironical when you know that they originally started in the darkness of the ocean depth
Blind people aren’t afraid of the dark.
I understand this very well, yet I dread darkness!
It seems that trying to convince someone that fear of the dark is absurd … is absurd
” I’ve lived for a long time and I’ve never seen a single monster,” my father used to reassure me when I was a child. “Monsters can’t exist.”
He seems to be a strong believer in angles and daemons, even though he’s never seen any. I was confused.
We’ve been taught, as children, that light is good and darkness is evil, way before we learned about electrons and photons.
This must be why racism is usually towards those who have dark skin and not vice versa.
It kind of makes sense, since we’ve evolved to dislike the situation in which we can’t see our predators.
Today, much more people probably have Nyctophobia (the fear of darkness) than Ochophobia (the fear of vehicles). Much less people die as prey than in car accidents.
How come the only known species that have logic have the most illogical of phobias?and ideas?
How come the only species that are capable of reasoning are the most to be unreasonable
Our newspapers seem to be the methods with which we report irrationality.
Given their scarcity, the acts of rationality seem to be the real “news” instead
Who is to say that fear of darkness is absurd in a world dominated by war and religion?
The psychologist Bruce Hood likens our susceptibility to religious ideas to the fact that people tend to develop phobias for evolutionarily relevant threats (like snakes and spiders) rather than for things that are far more likely to kill them (like automobiles and electrical sockets). And because our minds have evolved to detect patterns in the world, we often detect patterns that aren’t actually there—ranging from faces in the clouds to a divine hand in the workings of Nature. Hood posits an additional cognitive schema that he calls “supersense”—a tendency to infer hidden forces in the world, working for good or for ill.
~ Sam Harris, The Moral Landscape