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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: April 2012 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 Daniel DeLappe | 11/8/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 10/8/2013

    " Some interesting information here and the writing is entertaining and personal. I enjoyed the way he linked various studies with which I was already familiar to his notion of magical thinking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Savina King | 8/20/2013

    " But not as magical as I'd hoped! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack Goodstein | 8/14/2013

    " Everyone is guilty of magical thinking and it's a good thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clayton | 8/5/2013

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Esme | 6/14/2013

    " if you can't sleep - this will help * yawn * not so good.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 3/24/2013

    " I was really only interested in Chapter 7 of this book, but I'd hoped to find the rest of it just as engaging. I did not--and ended up skimming half the chapters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Paula | 11/19/2012

    " This is the most boring book I have read in years. I could only make it to the halfway point. The premise in interesting, but oh my God. I was reading 10 pages a night to put myself to sleep. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 7/22/2012

    " I liked the way the author talked about our biolgical ways of being and how magical thinking helps our evolutionary existence. It was an interesting read and he doesn't try to convince anyone of belief or nonbelief. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Skip Kilmer | 7/5/2012

    " Light and entertaining, Hutson's "laws" don't withstand much critical scrutiny. "

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