Halloween Science: Witches and Witchcraft

By Jeff Ayers — / Death Wish Coffee Blog

DOUBLE DOUBLE TOIL AND TROUBLE

On this episode of our Spooky Science series, let's conjure up our best spell and brew an extra strong potion as we look deeper into the mysterious origins, persecution, and practical magic of witchcraft in: The Science of Witches.

(Make sure you click on the video at the bottom for more information!)

Science and magic are almost complete opposites of each other, but between the 14th and 18th centuries, science was looking very closely at what magic claimed it could do.

Witchcraft can be considered a negative term, but throughout history those that practiced magic in one form or another were very spiritual and also a little scientific. All branches and forms of witchcraft work within the scientific method of trial and error, and a lot of the herbal remedies and tonics that so-called witches came up with are still used in some forms of medicine today.

Illustration of a group of Puritan women being accused of

In the video below, we will look at the origins of some of the rituals and tools associated with witchcraft, some of what science has to say about magic in general, and the apparent scientific reasons behind the mass hysteria that led to the witch trials.

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