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The 7 laws of magical thinking : how irrationality makes us happy, healthy, and sane

Author: Matt Hutson
Publisher: Oxford : Oneworld, 2012.
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"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,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matt Hutson
ISBN: 9781851689347 1851689346
OCLC Number: 782998214
Description: viii, 296 pages ; 22 cm
Other Titles: Seven laws of magical thinking
Responsibility: Matthew Hutson.

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"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." --Publisher description.

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