The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking: How Irrational Beliefs Keep Us Happy, Healthy, and Saneby Matthew Hutson
What is so special about touching a piano John Lennon once owned? Why do we yell at our laptops? And why do people like to say, “Everything happens for a reason”? Drawing on cognitive science,
A provocative and entertaining look at the psychology of superstition and religion, how they make us human—and how we can use them to our advantage
What is so special about touching a piano John Lennon once owned? Why do we yell at our laptops? And why do people like to say, “Everything happens for a reason”? Drawing on cognitive science, anthropology, and neuroscience, Matthew Hutson shows us that magical thinking is not only hardwired into our brains—it’s been a factor in our evolutionary success. Magical thinking helps us believe that we have free will and an underlying purpose as it protects us from the paralyzing awareness of our own mortality. Interweaving entertaining stories, personal reflections, and sharp observations, The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking reveals just how this seemingly irrational process informs and improves the lives of even the most hardened skeptics.
This is a book that you pick up, but can’t put down. Hutson, intelligently and entertainingly, gives us the best kind of book: one that gives us insight to our very core. Highly recommended!” — Ori Brafman, co-author of Sway and Click
“Matthew Hutson promises to convince the most hard-core skeptics and rationalists that they believe in magic, and he succeeds—with wit and clarity and scientific rigor.” — Sharon Begley, author of Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain
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Matthew Hutson has a BS in cognitive neuroscience from Brown University and an MS in science journalism from MIT. He lives in New York City.
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This entertaining work explains (albeit superficially) how and why we behave in irrational ways, and shows how this "magical thinking" is both necessary and -- in endearing ways -- laudable.
The blind dog walked around the streets. He didn't know wher to go because he wasn't welcome anywhere. Where his peaople had gone, he didn't know. But the one thing he did know was his name. <p> And his name was Squiggles, the blind German Shepard.
She rolled around, wiggling her legs in the leg braces on the dolley thingie. ~Vanellope
He looked out the window at the dog vreaching his arm out* Doggy!