Magical Thinking –the book– is a homage to cognitive biases. It is directly connected to the author’s personal experiences, modified through his writing style in order to become as educative as possible for his students.
Cognitive biases are not just interesting and amusing stories; they reflect the very deviation of our culture, our educational systems and our way of seeing, and thus forming, not only “our” world, but the world of the generations to come.
Therapy, learning, enhancement, performance: four words that reveal the broad scope of this book; four words that are not just four separate subjects; revealing their interconnections is the main focus of this book. Subjects, ranging from C. Jung’s psychoanalysis to K.A. Ericsson’s Deliberate Practice, or from R.G. Hamer’s “New Medicine” to the author’s Distal Method, all these give a deeper meaning to the book’s title – a fresh outlook on these overused words.
Distal Method is the product of years of research in the domain of motor and cognitive learning and performance. It is a method for attaining world-class expert performance in any domain that uses motor skills: surprisingly, not only in sports, music and art (as if they were not enough!), but also in many cognitive domains that rely on procedural memory or, more generally, may benefit from the tight motor-cognitive relationship. Based on this specific work at hand, the author has already published numerous journal articles and books.
The basic textbook of the application of the Distal Method to tennis