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The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking: How Irrational Beliefs Keep Us Happy, Healthy, and Sane Paperback – February 26, 2013
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“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, Ph.D. author of Descartes’ Baby and How Pleasure Works
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. Highly recommended!” — Ori Brafman, co-author of Sway and Click
“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
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However, for a guy who got an MA in science writing, it is not well written. He forgoes no opportunity to make a stupid joke, perhaps 10% of which are funny. It's extremely distracting, watching him try (and fail) so hard to be funny, that it takes away from the material he's presenting. It comes across as childish.
But hey, some good stuff here, just FYI.
That said, there are not many lay person summary texts on these subjects and it is reasonably well written.
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1. There is no theme that ties the book together. There is no progression of ideas.
2. He confuses thinking and feeling.