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Epilogue: Plunging Into a Utopia

Eugene Subbotsky

in Magic and the Mind

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780195393873
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199776979 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393873.003.0013
Epilogue: Plunging Into a Utopia

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The Epilogue (“Plunging Into a Utopia”) presents the world as it would be without magic. It turns out that such a world would suffer considerable losses in terms of excitement and beauty of existence. Irreparable dents would appear in culture and social life. Art, language, emotional life, and even the landscapes in which we live would change in this new world. Next, the world with magic is considered again: with the lost magic returned, the importance of magical thinking for our lives is appreciated in the new and refreshed perspective. Finally, possible future benefits of studying magical thinking and behavior are discussed.

Keywords: magic; art; science; magical thinking; future

Chapter.  2456 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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