In defense of superstition
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Apr 12, 2012

In defense of superstition

By Tim De Chant

Matthew Hutson, writing an op-ed for the New York Times:

The good news is that superstitious thought, or “magical thinking,” even as it misrepresents reality, has its advantages. It offers psychological benefits that logic and science can’t always provide: namely, a sense of control and a sense of meaning.

"Is it an important goal for science to wipe out superstition?" asks professor of marketing Galen Bodenhausen.