The Science of Superstition: How the Developing Brain Creates Supernatural Beliefs
“In an account chock full of real-world examples reinforced by experimental research, Hood’s marvelous book is an important contribution to the psychological literature that is revealing the actuality of our very irrational human nature.” — Science
In the vein of Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink, Mary Roach’s Spook, and Dan Ariely’s Predictably Irrational, The Science of Superstition uses hard science to explain pervasive irrational beliefs and behaviors: from the superstitious rituals of sports stars, to the depreciated value of houses where murders were committed, to the adoration of Elvis.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - juglicerr - LibraryThing
This is a book that I was initially dissatisfied with, but found more interesting as I went along, so I would urge persisting if the first few chapters don't strike the reader. This is more hypothesis ... Read full review
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When Hood says that he knows his readers are superstitious otherwise they wouldn't be reading his book, that took me back a little. Those of us who are not religious on occasion want to know why ... Read full review
TWO Could You Wear a Killers Cardigan?
THREE Who Created Creationism?
FOUR Blooming Buzzing Babies
SEVEN Would You Willingly Receive a Heart Transplant from a Murderer?
EIGHT Why Do Traveling Salesmen Sleep with Teddy Bears?
NINE The Biology of Belief
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SuperSense: How the Developing Brain Creates Supernatural Beliefs
Bruce M. Hood
Limited preview - 2009