Why Being Wrong Can Be Right: Magical Warfare Technologies and the Persistence of False Beliefs

@article{Nunn2017WhyBW,
  title={Why Being Wrong Can Be Right: Magical Warfare Technologies and the Persistence of False Beliefs},
  author={Nathan Nunn and Ra{\'u}l S{\'a}nchez de la Sierra},
  journal={Organizations \& Markets: Policies \& Processes eJournal},
  year={2017}
}
Across human societies, one sees many examples of deeply rooted and widely-held beliefs that are almost certainly untrue. Examples include beliefs about witchcraft, magic, ordeals, and superstitions. Why are such incorrect beliefs so prevalent and how do they persist? We consider this question through an examination of superstitions and magic associated with conflict in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Focusing on superstitions related to bulletproofing, we provide theory and case… Expand
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