On magic and believing 08:10 on Wednesday
The magician is accused of fooling us (even though that’s what we’re paying him for), the self-help consultant is accused of using quick tricks (like walking on fire) to make us overcome our fears.
What’s wrong with that? We’re conditioned to think that we make rational choices, that we base our decisions on facts. Facts back up our choices.
I’m not a religious person at all, but I can’t help thinking what’s so wrong about believing, and basing decisions on beliefs? I think we do it all the time, but admitting it is not allowed. In fact, a lot of “rational business” is about making others believe — reports, forecasts, ads.. all are tools for getting people to believe in whatever you’re trying to push.