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Magic and the MindMechanisms, Functions, and Development of Magical Thinking and Behavior$
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Eugene Subbotsky

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195393873

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393873.001.0001

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Epilogue: Plunging Into a Utopia

Epilogue: Plunging Into a Utopia

(p.170) Epilogue: Plunging Into a Utopia
Magic and the Mind

Eugene Subbotsky

Oxford University Press

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

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