10 reasons that Magic Tricks inspire intellectual humility
Intellectual humility is the joy of being wrong that leads to curiosity, learning, and growth
1. Watching magic is fun because it's an entertainment form (comedy, stories, drama, etc) and the goal is to make ppl aware that they were wrong about "something" they saw/heard/felt/knew/etc
2. The proximity in time between entertainment & the "you're wrong" magic moment links positive feeling to being wrong
3. Focusing on "not knowing" how something is done leads to curiosity. And magic highlights the fact that you do not know something that had secretly occured.
4. The goal of magic is to make people wonder. Wonder = awe + curiosity
5. Not all magic tricks inspire intellectual humility, so the framing of the magic trick is crucial. Tricks that are not fun will cause frustration or threats. So entertainment value is crucial to inspire intellectual humility
6. Experience of watching magic = Becoming aware that you were wrong about "something" in an enjoyable context Intellectual humility = Becoming aware that you were wrong about "something" in an enjoyable context
Perhaps a subtle difference is that intellectual humility = a joy in figuring out with a hope of succes, whereas magic = a joy in FAILING to figure it out.
7. If intellectual humility requires joy, then for magic to inspire IH it must also create a sense of joy.
8. Curiosity = higher odds of learning something new.
9. Learning something new = higher odds of growing your knowledge
10. -Because when you give up on trying to figure things out, you are letting go of the urge to be right.
-Magic tricks are designed for you to eventually give up on knowing the secret with certainty.
-Letting go = Frees up brain power to explore the unknown = more creativity = more things to wonder about = more learning & growth