Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition
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Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition

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Why is superstitious behavior so prevalent? How is this behavior established and maintained? Is there a superstitious personality? How do otherwise rational people come to put their faith in such ephemera? These are the provocative questions that Stuart Vyse addresses in Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition. Superstitions, he writes, are the natural result of...more
Hardcover, 257 pages
Published April 24th 1997 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Greg
To an extent, these books can merge into one, there is only so much information to cover, even if different books will cover different aspects. This one, though slim was pretty information dense. "Believing in magi" is probably a bit of a deceptive title, the subtitle "the Psychology of Superstition" more accurately describes the book. As is usually the case, I was familiar with some of the examples, but other examples were new to me, and I did gain some insight into such beliefs and how they ma...more
Clayton
An excellent book about the psychology of superstition. I have read a couple of other books on this topic and this is by far the better book. The critical analysis and history of psychological studies related to superstition make it a fun and thought provoking book.
Sabio
Jul 15, 2007 Sabio rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Theists, Free Thinkers
Vyse explores how humans think magically -- about EVERYTHING, not just religion. This, and works like it, help undercut our normal perceptions of who we are -- so be careful !
Smile,
Sabio
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Recommended on Skeptically Speaking show #90 on December 17, 2010. http://skepticallyspeaking.ca/episode...
Curtis Harris
This is it. It is way better than Why People Believe Weird Things. Anyone remotely interested in critical thinking should read this.
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Stuart Vyse is a professor of psychology at Connecticut College in New London, CT. He earned BA and MA degrees in English literature at Southern Illinois University and MA and PhD degrees in psychology at the University of Rhode Island. He has published over thirty professional articles and book chapters on topics including autism, skepticism, belief in the paranormal, and behavior analysis. He be...more
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