The psychology of magic: Where do we look for meaning in life? | Derren Brown | Big Think - Deepstash
The psychology of magic: Where do we look for meaning in life? | Derren Brown | Big Think

The psychology of magic: Where do we look for meaning in life? | Derren Brown | Big Think

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A very rational approach to life

Today's world has comfortably dispensed with most myth and superstition for the last few hundred years.

That's the Enlightenment legacy: we have approached a very rational approach to life. This has brought us many great things, but it has also left us with a sort of meaning gap.

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The need for meaning

Our need for meaning around the concept of death is still very present.

So it's no wonder that psychics and spiritual mediums have come in with a their version of meaning: even if they don't really offer useful, they give this impression anyway.

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Why we resort to magic

Psychics and mediums have become very popular because we are desperate for some sort of narrative that gives us a sense of something bigger.

We know they sometimes are theatrical, but they tap into our need for that feeling of wonder, of transcendence.

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Finding meaning in life

You only find meaning in life by finding a thing that's bigger than you and immersing yourself in that thing.

And meaning is more important than happiness.

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