Business Insider: Soviet cosmonauts took a shotgun with them into orbit, but it wasn’t for the dangers of space.
Just read this on The General Book of Ignorance (highly recommended). Wtf?? How I am hearing about this now for the first time? And it is 100% Disney’s fault! #junglebook
(Mitchinson & Lloyd, 2007)
Look at this excerpt from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban:
Shouldn’t wizards know what guns are? Think about it… Wizards could be understood as another species of homo sapiens. Homo magicae, or something like that. Now, two advanced species are coexisting within one planet, one unaware of the other; one aware and in hiding. You would think those in hiding would want to stay as informed as possible regarding the other species. Specially since previous encounters revolved around burnings in stakes, and this belligerent species now has nuclear arsenals at its disposal. Yet, the paper needs to clarify for the average homo magicae what a gun is. Not surprising, considering how little interest most wizards gave to the Muggle Studies course at Hogwarts. So now that I think about it, it actually makes perfect sense. JK Rowling made sure wizards were ignorant due to their prejudices… just like us… #harrypotter #prisonerofazkaban #mugglestudies #stanyoucreep #personalspacestan #privacy #goodmanners
Superman’s hallucinations while suffering scarlet jungle fever pretty much sum up our own individual and social conflicting responses to our death anxiety and pursuit of purpose. This is one of the main ideas in Ernest Becker’s The Denial of Death.