Thursday, February 27, 2014

Magical Thinking Much?

A    L    O    H    A  !
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" The most beautiful thing 
we can experience 
is the mysterious.
It is the source 
of all true art 
and science. "

Albert Einstein

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" The world of religion 
isn't a logical world; 
that's why children like it. 
It's a world of 
worked-out fantasies, 
very similar to 
children's stories or 
fairy tales. "

Yehuda Amichai

'There is nothing 
either good or bad, 
but thinking 
makes it so.'

William Shakespeare 


In the light of day, 
in front of other people,
we do not believe in magic.

But science now shows
that we DO believe in
Magical Thinking
and we act on it.

A recent study showed the persistence
of the ancient magical belief
in what researchers called
We do behave and make choices
in accordance with our deep belief
that a person's "essence" can be
transferred, or "rub off on us."

In this study, people were shown
willing to pay more for items
owned and used by celebrities.
Our relatives, the social chimps,
pay lots of attention
to what the Alpha (celebrity) 
chimps do.
"Chimp See 
Chimp Celebrity Do Something - 
Chimp Do."

People especially paid more
for clothing and personal items
that the celebrity touched and used.

If the person was a "bad person"
people were only willing to 
pay less for their items.

 "Contagion is a form of 
magical thinking 
in which people believe 
that a person's immaterial 
qualities or essence 
can be transferred to an object 
through physical contact," researchers write.
 Their findings, they add, 
"suggest that magical thinking 
may still have effects 
in contemporary 
Western societies."  Link

This is one reason
why the lonely
are lonely,
why some of us
hate going into 
even to visit.

We also "catch"
yawns & smiles.
I hope you catch
more smiles
than yawns
when visiting here!

I love Your visits & comments-
                                       Warmly, cloudia


Akelamalu said...

I always catch *smiles* when I visit you my dear. xx

Brian Miller said...

hey i am all for magical thinking...smiles....the mysterious def adds flavor to life.....

aloha from va

Anonymous said...

So magical thinking and smiles are contagious. Better than evil contagious germs.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Lovely moon!

TexWisGirl said...

well, i try to share my smile as often as i can. :)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Yup, always catch smile around this joint Cloudia :) but there must be something wrong with moi, I so wouldn't pay more for something that a celeb had owned, I must not have contagion, or maybe it's just my Scottish blood :)

Charles Gramlich said...

I've just been working on an essay for my blog about magical thinking and operant conditioning. I will put it up before long.

Cloudia said...

Love you friends. Thanks

DeniseinVA said...

Always more smiles when leaving here :)

Elephant's Child said...

Your smiles and your beauty are certainly catching. Your wisdom? Still working on that...

William Kendall said...

There's always time for Shakespeare.

Myrna R. said...

There's a lot magical around us and about us. I'm smiling at you - hope you catch it.

Adam said...

great Einstein quote

Cloudia said...

Love you folks. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I always leave with magic from here!

Kay said...

I agree with Akelamalu. I do catch your uplifting spirit whenever I come to your blog, Cloudia.

Teresa said...

But of course you're magical!! And your blog is a place of enchantment... We all catch happiness visiting you.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful photos and superb saying by you.

magiceye said...

:) :)

Namaste /\ from Mumbai

Cloudia said...

I love you folks; Thanks!