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date: 01 December 2020

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Construction of magical thinking has been central for human cognitive adaptation to uncertainty of living. In this chapter, we present a rare comparison of how such thinking is culturally constructed across two different countries (Germany and the United States) and historical periods (1920s and 2000s). We demonstrate how reanalysis of empirical data from other historical periods can be a productive epistemological step in comparison with current historical phenomena. Heinz Werner's and Martha Muchow's work on magical thought in the 1920s continues to be of importance in the twenty-first century.

Keywords: cultural tools, magical beliefs, heinz werner, martha muchow

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