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    Where science and magic meet: the illusion of a “science of magic”

    Lamont, P. and Henderson, J.M. and Smith, Tim J. (2010) Where science and magic meet: the illusion of a “science of magic”. Review of General Psychology 14 (1), pp. 16-21. ISSN 1089-2680.

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    Abstract

    Recent articles calling for a scientific study of magic have been the subject of widespread interest. This article considers the topic from a broader perspective and argues that to engage in a science of magic, in any meaningful sense, is misguided. It argues that those who have called for a scientific theory of magic have failed to explain either how or why such a theory might be constructed, that a shift of focus to a neuroscience of magic is simply unwarranted, and that a science of magic is itself an inherently unsound idea. It seeks to provide a more informed view of the relationship between science and magic and suggests a more appropriate way forward for scientists.

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