Magical thinking, at it's core, consists of two principles:
2. Objects that were once in contact maintain a connection when seperated. This is why you treasure a Christmas card from your family more than one
from your boss, even though they are both just pieces of paper.
Yes: why DO we do it?
It's not a taught
thing, that's for sure.
And it's been around forever (literally).
Are they really just »pieces of paper«?
I mean, are they REALLY inherently »equal«?
Why DO people like to touch – and even collect - ancient bits and pieces, stones and other pieces from a place they relate to?
Why are original art works, regardless of their price or value in terms of money
(I have observed this many times), more »valuable« than
identical reproductions that would fool even a connoisseur
What is the actual, profound, ULTIMATE cause of Benjamin's
And while I can certainly understand if somebody doesn't believe in psychometry (= »reading« an object for past – or even future - events
relating to its owner), it is a phenomenon that has to be taken into consideration. (Ridiculing it would certainly not be "scientific" behaviour -
not at all.)
was right: maybe there are forces that impregnate and »charge« any
And in the light of the »holographic universe« theories, endorsed by some of the most respected physicists (Pribram, Bohm etc.), there is no
Of this I am certain: when people react »i-rrationally«, it's often because they are in touch with a source of direct
though its very nature and actual "contents" may be unknown to them) - a cognitive source that bypasses the limits of the rational mind.
(Think of the rational mind as a gatherer of »circumstantial evidence« and a processor of such data – not as a cognitive organ.)
I don't have a problem with it being called »magical thinking«.
I would just resent it being treated as something false, as superstition.
(Obviously, I am not referring to you or to your perfectly valid post here.)
[edit on 29-6-2008 by Vanitas]