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Are your paranormal beliefs based on magical thinking?

A free public lecture about magical thinking and religious belief will be presented Thursday, March 19, at 3:30 p.m. at Montana State University in the Byker Auditorium of MSU’s Chemistry and Biochemistry Building.

Dr. Clay Routledge, an associate psychology professor from North Dakota State University will be presenting the lecture.

The lecture is titled  “Beyond Religion, A New Psychology Of Magical Thinking.” It is sponsored by the MSU Department of Psychology and is part of the MSU College of Letters & Science’s Distinguished Speakers Series.

According to Dr. Clay Routledge, magical thinking is motivated by the need to perceive life as meaningful, even if they are not engaged to a religion. The presentation is focused on the linking of different types of magical thinking, beyond religion, such as teleological errors, superstition and paranormal beliefs.

Dr. Clay Routledge is a social psychologist and associate professor of psychology at North Dakota State University, who is leading research in the area of experimental existential psychology, had published his work in top journals and had been featured by several media outlets such as NPR, BBC and CNN.

If you are interested in attending or you want to know more in advance about magical thinking and this lecture, please visit the Montana State University website or call 406.994.4288.

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