First there was pre-scientific thinking. In medieval times people believed a balance of humors – blood, phlegm, yellow bile and black bile – were essential to health. In the ancient East it was hit and miss yin and yang or acupuncture.
Wars were fought, lives were lost, futures decided on the whims of Gods. People saw magic everywhere: in storms, in the stars.
For some people, things haven’t changed all that much. They stillthink magically, still obey the Gods they invented.
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Welcome to the second day of the Punch Festival of Obvious Ideas, our salute to stuff that should be said. Here, we have a look at why we need to force some politicians to earlier elections - and no, it’s not about who you think.
Babies torn apart then pieced back together, or left on a shelf to die. A cover up of mass medication in the water, poisoning us all. Random drug tests for kids.
Welcome to the weird world of Upper House MLC Ann Bressington.
Ms Bressington, who only got 32 primary votes but surfed into the SA Parliament on the ever-popular Nick Xenophon’s coattails. Ms Bressington, who set out on an anti-drugs platform but quickly became a one-woman lightning rod for paranoid conspiracy theorists.
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