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March 23rd 2017:The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking - Why We Need Irrational Beliefs

Have you ever knocked on wood, disliked someone because of his name, or bought an object owned by a famous person? This episode will surprise and inform you. In it, Matthew Hutson, MIT trained science writer, will explain the seven rules of magical thinking and how we use irrational beliefs based upon them to keep us happy, healthy and sane. He will consider the role of superstitions, the Lake Wobegon effect, the fear of being Jinxed, the feeling that things happen for a reason and more. It is a fascinating close-up of the way we, as humans, need to think. Don’t miss it.

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Matthew Hutson

Matthew Hutson is a freelance science writer and the author of The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking: How Irrational Beliefs Keep Us Happy, Healthy and Sane. He has a bachelor’s degree in cognitive neuroscience from Brown University and a master’s degree in science writing from MIT. He’s written for The Atlantic, Wired, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker online, and elsewhere. For four years he was the News Editor at Psychology Today.
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