Sunday, January 28, 2007

The Two Weeks of Magical Thinking

According to Wikipedia, in psychology and cognitive science, magical thinking is non-scientific causal reasoning (e.g. superstition). One scholar writes that magical thinking is evident in the idea that the manipulation of effigies or similar symbols or tokens can cause changes to occur in the thing the symbol represents.

You should see the shrine in our hall. We have a Guadeloupe candle, rocks, flowers and various other lucky charms surrounding the condo lottery numbers we were given by the kindly clerk at the office of Street Use and Land Mapping last Thursday. The lottery winners will be announced by the City on February 14.


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