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Hurricanes’ wrath raises cosmic questions

By John Della Contrada

The desire to assign cosmic significance to the arrival of hurricanes Katrina and Rita is an example of humankind’s ages-old need to find reason within chaos, according to UB anthropologist Phillips Stevens Jr., a renowned expert on the origins, nature and meaning of cults, superstitions and cultural identities.

“Disasters are almost always ascribed to supernatural causes by many people,” Stevens explains. “People need an explanation, they need a cause and they need an answer to the question ‘Why?’ even though there may not be answers.”

Read the original article at: University at Buffalo

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