About Rationally Speaking
Rationally Speaking is a blog maintained by Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, a philosopher at the City University of New York. The blog reflects the Enlightenment figure Marquis de Condorcet's idea of what a public intellectual (yes, we know, that's such a bad word) ought to be: someone who devotes himself to "the tracking down of prejudices in the hiding places where priests, the schools, the government, and all long-established institutions had gathered and protected them." You're welcome. Please notice that the contents of this blog can be reprinted under the standard Creative Commons license.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Matthew Hutson on The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking
The author of "The Seven Laws of Magical Thinking" joins Massimo and Julia on this episode of Rationally Speaking to discuss some common, innate forms of superstition that affect even self-identified skeptics, and why the human brain is predisposed to magical thinking.
Along the way, the three debate: Overall, are our superstitions good for us?
Matthew's picks: "Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition,"
"SuperSense, " and "The Belief Instinct: The Psychology of Souls, Destiny, and the Meaning of Life."