Carey, Benedict. "Do You Believe in Magic?." New York Times 23 January 2013, 1-3. Print.
This article, by Benedict Carey, discusses the very common phenomena of wishful or magical thinking. We often associate the idea of magic as superstition with religious organizations. However, superstition and magical thinking is just as common among average, everyday people who practice no specific religion. When we wish ill on someone and it actually happens, we think we did it? Magical thinking seems to be a natural social and psychological aspect of the human experience. The author explains that this phenomenon begins in early childhood and sets the precedent for the rest of their lives. Anthropologists are suggesting that we are evolutionarily programmed to decide upon a magical solution and explanation when a logical or scientific one is not readily available. This source presents and interesting topic with a lot of potential for future research that could be elaborated upon.
Gmelch, George. "Baseball Magic." Elysian Fields Quarterly,. 11.3 (1992;2000): 25-36. Print.
The article focused on several aspects of the magical thinking that are necessary, routines and rituals, taboos, and fetishes. The first involves all of the necessary rituals that both baseball players and fans complete in anticipation of a game. Taboos are the list of words or actions that could “curse” their good fortune. This is not unlike how actors in theatre do not say “Good Luck,” before a performance. Saying good luck might jinx it. Finally, fetishes, which are not the fetishes associated with certain sexually oddities, but the actual items themselves, like lucky hats, flags, or socks, and the power they are imbued with. This article will be beneficial as it offers specific definitions and explanations of aspects of the phenomena.
Kim, Gina. "Lovers count on the date being lucky in marriage." Sacbee News 8 July 2007, 1-2. Print
The author focuses the article on the belief that many have that how strong and successful ones marriage will be can be influenced by the date chosen for the ceremony. There are many people that want everything associated with the number 7, because it is often perceived as lucky. Today, couples will generally not want their date to fall on a national Holiday, like Christmas, however ,they also avoid dates, like Friday the 13th and days associated with tragic events, like 9/11.She, also, discusses the use of numerology and people’s dependence on the combination of numbers to help guide their life paths. While it sounds like many people believe in these dates and the good and fortune they can carry. Many people can fin scientific criticisms with the magical aspects of these numerical superstitions. This article, like the one above, offers interesting perspectives o the phenomena of magical thinking and assignment of magical outcomes to specific dates and days. This article will make a great source when it comes to discussing the issues associated with the long-lived superstitions that exist in the world today.
Robertson, Blair Anthony. "From deity to diet, fans have all manner of winning rituals." Sacbee 18 May 2002, 1-4. Print.
The National Post, . "Scientists produce ‘ghosts’ in the minds of test subjects and subjects were totally afraid of those ghosts." National Post 9 November 2014, 1-2. Print.
This article is an interesting piece on what is unreal being so convincing that the viewer believe it to be true. Scientists conducted an experiment using technology to place images of “ghosts” into people minds. The reaction of the subjects was shocking. They were legitimately fearful of the images and asked for the experiment to stop. Not only did only see the apparitions but were convinced they were being touched by them. While this is not an experiment intended to prove or deny the existence of ghosts, but how human beings react to imagery, even when they know it is computer generated. This article is helpful. While it does approach the subject of magical thinking differently than the other sources chose, it still can serve a strong place in any future research on this topic.