The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking: How Irrational Beliefs Keep Us Happy, Healthy, and Sane (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Apr 12, 2012 - Psychology - 304 pages
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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.
  

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Review: The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking: How Irrational Beliefs Keep Us Happy, Healthy, and Sane

User Review  - Morgan Blackledge - Goodreads

Really good but flawed book. It deserves a longer review. But I don't have the time and so I will get to right to it. The book is eye opening, thought provoking and even transformative in so far as it ... Read full review

Review: The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking: How Irrational Beliefs Keep Us Happy, Healthy, and Sane

User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

Definitely not an academic book, but that's ok. I feel sort of bad only giving it three stars because it really was entertaining. I guess it just doesn't really shed any new light on anything. I have ... Read full review

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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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