The Age of Magical Overthinking : Notes on Modern Irrationality-9780008701116

The Age of Magical Overthinking : Notes on Modern Irrationality

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Author(s): Montell, Amanda,
Binding: Hardback,
Date of Publication: 11/04/2024,
Pagination: 272 pages,
Series: N/A,
Imprint: Thorsons,
Published By: HarperCollins Publishers,
Book Classification: Cultural studies,
Dimensions: 242 x 162 x 28
ISBN13/EAN/SKU: 9780008701116

In the modern information age, our brain’s coping mechanisms have been overloaded, and our irrationality turned up to eleven. Amanda Montell blends cultural criticism and personal narrative to explore our modern cognitive biases and the power, disadvantages and highlights of magical overthinking.

'Magical thinking' can be broadly defined as the belief that one's internal thoughts can affect unrelated events in the external world. Whether that's 'manifesting' their way out of poverty, staving off cancer with positive vibes, or transforming an unhealthy relationship to a glorious one through loyalty alone.

In a series of razor sharp and introspective chapters, Montell delves into cognitive biases that run rampant in our brains, from how the 'halo effect' cultivates worship (and hatred) of larger-than-life celebrities, to how the 'sunk cost fallacy' can keep us in detrimental relationships long after they no longer serve us.

Told with her signature brilliance and wit, Montell's prevailing message is one of hope and forgiveness for our anxiety riddled human self. If you have all but lost faith in our ability to reason through the noise of information overload, this book aims to make sense of the senseless. To crack open a window in our minds and let the fresh air in. To help quiet the cacophony for a while, and maybe, even hear a melody in it.