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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SuperSense: Why We Believe in the UnbelievableUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Hood (director, Bristol Cognitive Development Ctr., Univ. of Bristol) presents an intriguing study of an undefined sense apart from the five human senses with which we are familiar. He most often ... 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