Tinkerbell effect


Tinkerbell effect

The Tinkerbell effect describes those things that exist only because people believe in them. The effect is named for Tinker Bell, the fairy in the play "Peter Pan" who is revived from near death by the belief of the audience.

Cases of this effect include

monetary system
* the value of a nation's money, technically called Fiat currency separate from its foundation in the monetary systemFact|date=September 2008
* civil society
* the "Rule of law"
* the power of the voteFact|date=September 2008

ee also

* Brute fact
* Consensus reality
* Conventional wisdom

External links

* [http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/MqLJ/2004/7.html The Rule of Law and the Tinkerbell Effect: Theoretical Considerations, Criticisms and Justifications for the Rule of Law]


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