We shall at the first board that ship; then, when we have identified the box, we shall place a branch of the wild rose on it. This we shall fasten, for when it is there none can emerge; so at least says the superstition. And to superstition must we trust at the first; it was man’s faith in the early, and it have its root in faith still.

– Bram Stoker

Dracula, Chapter 24. Rejecting modern sciences and methods, Prof. Van Helsing opts for the old superstitions in the battle to defeat Dracula. He knows that modern science and reason is not going to help them.