Matthew Hutson on the Virtues of Magical Thinking
Is Magical Thinking Good for You?
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May 20 2012 11:00 AM

Matthew Hutson: Is Magical Thinking Good for You?

Matthew Hutson’s book The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking is about the ways most people, even atheists, are prone to illusions--ranging from out-and-out superstitions to subtler departures from rationalism. Are these illusions, on balance, a good thing?

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