From the Back Cover
1: "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
2: "A remarkably creative synthesis of the science behind magical thinking threaded through with a very personal narrative that engages the reader."
—BRUCE HOOD, PH.D., author of SuperSense and The Self Illusion
3: "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."
—ALAN LIGHTMAN, PH.D., author of Einstein's Dreams
4: "This is a book that you pick up but can't put down. Hutson, intelligently and entertainingly, gives us the best kind: one that gives us insight to our very core. Highly recommended!"
—ORI BRAFMAN, coathour of Sway and Click
5: "In this brilliant, exhilarating book, Matthew Hutson surveys the new science of belief and irrationality to reveal the delights of the human capacity for magical thinking."
—DACHER KELTNER, PH.D., author of Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life
6: "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."
—PAUL BLOOM, PH.D., author of Descartes' Baby and How Pleasure Works
7: "This book about thinking is magical. It's the perfect blend of astonishing stories, up-to-date science, awe, beauty, disgust, and humor. It's science journalism at its best."
—JONATHAN HAIDT, PH.D., author of The Happiness Hypothesis and The Righteous Mind