If nobody believed in superstition it would be unable to hurt anyone

 

“It is a commonplace of child psychology that both children and adolescents have considerable eidetic gifts and are able to visualise as outside themselves objects that present themselves to their conscious - or subconscious - imagination. These need not be regarded as hallucinations, for they will occur in perfectly normal children.” Mary: A History of Doctrine and Devotion

Karl Rahner outlined the test done by C M Staehlin on six boys to see how things would go if they were influenced to think they could see a battle in the sky above a specific tree. Two did not see a thing. Four did. Two boys reported the battle sounds. But all in all their accounts were so similar that you would think they had a real vision. Steps had been taken to ensure that they were not copying their stories off one another. They spontaneously agreed in the main and essential details, Mary: A History of Doctrine and Devotion