Friday, September 22, 2006

Harvard superstition   posted by Razib @ 9/22/2006 09:52:00 AM

Jonah Lehrer on the origins of magical thinking:

What's the moral? Magical thinking is built into our brain at a pretty basic level. Although these Harvard students don't really believe in Voodoo, a few experimental tricks can seduce them into delusion. A similar psychology probably explains why the vast majority of Americans (between 70 and 85 percent) believe that their prayers are being answered. Reality has a way of tricking the mind.

Harvard students all have IQs above 130. Most Americans do not.