Superstition is a belief in supernatural causality: that one event leads to the cause of another without any physical process linking the two events that contradicts natural science. Opposition to superstition was a central concern of the intellectuals during the 18th century, where the philosophies at that time ridiculed any belief in miracles, revelation, magic, or the supernatural, as "superstition," and typically included as well much of Christian doctrine.
When the infamous rogue pirate Christophe-Julien de Rapièr ordered his superstitious crew to attack the mystical island of Kerma, they refused. When he, in a fit of rage, shot his first mate, they deposed him as captain and left him in the middle of the ocean in a small boat.
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