The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking: How Irrational Beliefs Keep Us Happy, Healthy, and Sane

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9781594630873: The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking: How Irrational Beliefs Keep Us Happy, Healthy, and Sane

Book by Hutson Matthew

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“A remarkably creative synthesis of the science behind magical thinking, threaded through with a very personal narrative that engaged the reader.” - BBC Focus, five stars

“An eloquent argument for the essential role magical thinking plays in making human life more comprehensible and less scary.” - The Sunday Times

“In this wickedly funny and deeply clever book, Matthew Hutson makes a radical claim: All of us, whether we accept it or not, believe in magic. Without these intuitions, he says, we would hardly be human. Through vivid examples and cutting-edge science, Hutson presents a provocative new theory of how we make sense of the world.”

-- Paul Bloom, Professor of Psychology, Yale University, and author of How Pleasure Works

“This book about thinking is magical. It's the perfect blend of astonishing stories, up-to-date science, awe, beauty, disgust, and humour. It's science journalism at its best: great writing and deep humanity bring out the profound relevance of psychological experiments for people who search for meaning using minds that were designed for so many other purposes.” - Jonathan Haidt, author of The Happiness Hypothesis

“This is a book that you pick up, but can't put down. Hutson, intelligently and entertainingly, gives us the best kind of book, one that gives us insight to our very core.” - Ori Brafman, co-author of Sway and Click

“Brilliant, exhilarating... Reading this book will lead you to a more reverential appreciation of human irrationality, and the science that tries to understand it.”

-- Dacher Keltner, Director, Greater Good Science Center, University of California, Berkeley

“With wit and respect for both the rational and the irrational, Hutson reveals the pervasiveness of superstition and ‘magical thinking,’ even among people who consider themselves totally rational, and further makes a compelling argument that irrational beliefs are actually necessary for our mental accommodation to this strange universe we find ourselves in.” - Alan Lightman, author of Einstein's Dreams

“Matthew Hutson promises to convince the most hard-core skeptics and rationalists that they believe in magic, and he succeeds - with wit and clarity and scientific rigor.”

-- Sharon Begley, author of Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain

Présentation de l'éditeur :

Drawing on evolution, cognitive science, and neuroscience, Matthew Hutson takes us on this fascinating tour of magical thinking in everyday life. So-called cognitive biases are crucial to our survival, Hutson shows, whether we're deciding where to invest our money or avoiding awareness of our own mortality. Everyone - even the most rational, jaded, and sceptical thinkers - believe in magic, whether that be luck, mind over matter, jinxes, evil, or heavenly helpers. The key to happiness, health, creativity, social intelligence, and good fortune is knowing when you don't have free will and then embracing magical thinking instead.

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Description du livre Penguin Putnam Inc, United States, 2012. Hardback. État : New. 231 x 152 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. N° de réf. du libraire NLF9781594630873

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