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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (108 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matthew Hutson Narrator: Matthew Hutson, Don Hagen Publisher: Gildan Media LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gloriavirtutisumbra | 1/11/2014

    " This is fantastic! A good humored examination of all the unprovable beliefs of life. I'd love to see to Matthew Hutson and the author Mary Roach tag-team some major subject, they both examine everything with equal parts clear scientific thinking and wry commentary. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Stephanie | 11/22/2013

    " Pop science and I love the subject but the writing did nothing for me. Did not finish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tamara | 11/9/2013

    " I found this book incredibly boring and unfocused. I made it to the end but just barely. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Daniel DeLappe | 11/8/2013

    " Not a bad read. Just don't really buy into some of the conclusions. "

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