EVERYONE knows the Earth’s rotation causes basins and toilets to drain counter clockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern hemisphere.
Well, the evidence shows that’s more myth than science.
Scientists say the way water flows depends more on the structure and shape of sinks and toilets.
And remember your mother telling you not to swallow chewing gum because it takes seven years to digest? Another myth.
What about us humans only using 10 per cent of our brains? MRI imaging shows we use most of our brain, even when sleeping.
And what about lightning never striking twice in the same place? It’s another myth. The top of the Empire State Building in New York is struck about 25 times a year.
Then there are the comfortable myths; the one about how the human species is evolving as an increasingly peaceful race and that one day there will no longer be wars.
And the other one _ that professing belief in God makes you a better behaved person.
You only have to look at history to see that belief in God has been the foundation for some terrible behaviour.
There are those who promote hatred in the name of the Prince of Peace, just as there are those who want war in the name of Mohammed.
Thank God for the real saints in a world of murderous God-worshippers.
None of us is immune to the sickness.
A University of Massachusetts psychology study found that most of us lie regularly, both to others and ourselves.
The name of the game is self-preservation. We lie to make ourselves look good to others and also in our own minds.
The study found that as soon as people feel their self-esteem is threatened, they immediately begin to lie at higher levels.
Many animals engage in deliberately misleading another, but only humans are wired to deceive themselves and others, researchers say.
Another study found we absolve our consciences by rituals such as washing our hands or showering.
It’s called the Macbeth Effect, after Lady Macbeth who vainly tried to scrub away imaginary blood on her hands in Shakespeare’s epic.
The theory is that we are subconsciously aware of how sinful we are and daily showering and handwashing has a psychological impact on making us feel better. We literally try to wash our sins away.
Early church father Augustine said sin wasn’t a moral failure, nor disobedience. It was simply turning away from God.
Augustine said no moral remedy was possible. The only remedy was returning to God.
The great and unique message of Christianity is that we are all sinners and the first step in redemption is admitting that fact.
It’s sin, not death, that is the great leveller.