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SuperSense
Author: Bruce Hood

ISBN: 9781849010306
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 14 May 2009
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0 x 2.0
Description:
A fascinating and engaging examination of why we believe in the supernatural. Superstitious habits are common. Do you ever cross your fingers, knock on wood, avoid walking under ladders, or step around black cats? Sentimental value often supersedes material worth. If someone offered to replace your childhood teddy bear or wedding ring with a brand new, exact replica, would you do it? How about 20 pounds for trying on a jumper owned by Fred West?

Where do such feelings come from and why do most of us have them? Humans are born with brains designed to make sense of the world and that need for an explanation can lead to beliefs that go beyond reason. To be true they would have to be supernatural. With scientific education we learn that such beliefs are irrational but at an intuitive level they can be resistant to reason or lie dormant in otherwise sensible adults.

It now seems unlikely that any effort to get rid of supernatural beliefs or superstitious behaviours will be completely successful. This is not all bad news - such beliefs are a useful glue that binds us together as a society.

Combining brilliant insight with witty example Hood weaves a ...

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