Blog: Do You Believe in Magic? - 2010-08-07

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F0.png Do You Believe in Magic? August 7, 2010, Jefferson Hawkins, Leaving Scientology

Don't get me wrong – I love magic as much as the next person. I loved the Harry Potter books and films. As a kid, I loved magic shops where I could check out the latest sleight-of-hand paraphernalia.

But I try not to let it influence my thinking.

"Magical thinking" is, in simple terms, seeking a causal relationship between things that may not be related or connected at all. Superstitions fall into this type of thinking: "step on a crack and break your Mother's back." Sports is rife with these: for example, Michael Jordan (a graduate of North Carolina) always wore his blue North Carolina shorts under his Bulls uniform for good luck. Some sports fans always wear a certain article of clothing on game day to ensure their team wins.