"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"
"A remarkably creative synthesis of the science behind magical
thinking threaded through with a very personal narrative that engages
-BRUCE HOOD, PH.D., author of SuperSense and The Self Illusion
"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
-ALAN LIGHTMAN, PH.D., author of Einstein's Dreams
"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, co-author of Sway and Click
"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
"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
-PAUL BLOOM, PH.D., author of Descartes' Baby and 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
humor. It's science journalism at its best."
-JONATHAN HAIDT, PH.D., author of The Happiness Hypothesis and The
"A remarkably creative synthesis of the science behind magical thinking, threaded through with a very personal narrative that engaged the reader. Five Stars."
Everyone – even the most jaded and sceptical – believes in ‘magic’, in the form of luck, mind over matter, the power of similarities, jinxes, and destiny. In this wonderful exploration of psychology, Matthew Hutson takes us on a fascinating tour of magical thinking in everyday life, revealing the healing power of John Lennon’s piano; the reason gamblers kiss their tickets; and why admitting you have no free will staves off addiction.