On page 4 in Chapter 1, I commented on the propensity for pre-scientific societies to hold supernatural forces responsible for phenomena for which no obvious cause exists.  Very recently, the i newspaper in the United Kingdom carried a report of the death of five women in the village of Kanjia in the Eastern State of Jharkhand in India following accusations of witchcraft from a ‘quack doctor’ after a sick boy, presumably in his care, died.  The women were dragged out of their homes, stripped and beaten and stoned to death by a mob.

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