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The 7 laws of magical thinking : how irrational beliefs keep us happy, healthy, and sane / Matthew Hutson.

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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
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Cook Memorial Library - La Grande 153.4 H981 (Text) 35178001427635 Adult Non-Fiction Book None 03/22/2014 Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780452298903
  • Physical Description: 296 p. ; 20 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : Plume Books, 2013.

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-286) and index.
Summary, etc.:
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. Book jacket.
Subject: Magical thinking

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