magical thinking

a conviction that thinking is equivalent to doing, occurring in dreams, the thought patterns of children, and some types of mental disorders, especially obsessive-compulsive disorder. Unabridged
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Magical thinking is so much easier than scientific understanding.
In ancient times, people relied on magical thinking to explain disease and
  attempt cures.
The house is evidence that with some nerve and magical thinking, great work can
  come from humble origins.
Children this age are considered egocentric and can engage in magical thinking.
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