The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking: How Irrational Beliefs Keep Us Happy, Healthy, and Sane
In this witty and perceptive debut, a former editor at Psychology Today shows us how magical thinking makes life worth living.
Psychologists have documented a litany of cognitive biases- misperceptions of the world-and explained their positive functions. Now, Matthew Hutson shows us that even the most hardcore skeptic indulges in magical thinking all the time-and it's crucial to our survival.
Drawing on evolution, cognitive science, and neuroscience, Hutson shows us that magical thinking has been so useful to us that it's hardwired into our brains. It encourages us to think that we actually have free will. It helps make us believe that we have an underlying purpose in the world. It can even protect us from the paralyzing awareness of our own mortality. In other words, magical thinking is a completely irrational way of making our lives make rational sense.
With wonderfully entertaining stories, personal reflections, and sharp observations, Hutson reveals our deepest fears and longings. He also assures us that it is no accident his surname contains so many of the same letters as this imprint.
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Review: The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking: How Irrational Beliefs Keep Us Happy, Healthy, and SaneUser Review - Deb - Goodreads
**Magical reading** If you think about it, the existential realities of life are pretty harsh: life has no inherent meaning, purpose, or order...and the only certainty we can count on is death. It's ... Read full review
Review: The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking: How Irrational Beliefs Keep Us Happy, Healthy, and SaneUser Review - Clayton - Goodreads
Meh. A decent book on superstitious beliefs, but often digressed or made associations between topics that seem to ramble than provide a critical analysis. I would suggest reading "The Science of Superstition" by Bruce Hood instead. Read full review
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