yielding sympathetic magic and other obvious affronts to reason

NewAmerica

Senior Member
Mandarin
Does "yielding sympathetic magic and other obvious affronts to reason" mean "producing an insult (in the form of sympathetic magic) and other obvious insults to reason"?

Thanks in advance

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If we've learned anything in the last two thousand years, it is that a person's sense of what is reasonable sometimes needs a little help finding its feet. Or considerthe unreliable species of intuition that might be summed up in the statement "Like breeds like"—yielding sympathetic magic and other obvious affronts to reason.

-Sam Harris' The End of Faith
 
  • Hildy1

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    English - US and Canada
    The idea that "like breeds like" is the basis of the belief in sympathetic magic. It is also the basis of other (what the writer considers to be) foolish beliefs (insults to reason).
     
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