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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (335 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bruce M. Hood Narrator: Kerin McCue Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2016 ISBN: 9781464035982
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Director of the Bristol Cognitive Development Centre at the University of Bristol, Bruce M. Hood has been a research fellow at Cambridge, a visiting scientist at MIT and a professor at Harvard. SuperSense is a fascinating exploration of the forces that shape people’s beliefs in the irrational-and also a compelling look at how these beliefs bind humans together in society.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Brady | 1/1/2014

    " Hood does a very thorough job explaining the way the human mind is inclined to attribute essence to inanimate objects or intentionality to mindless physical processes. To that end Supersense is about why we believe in one particular sort of unbelievable - our very natural intuition that unseen forces energize the natural world around us. This tendency explains the earliest of religious notions - animism - and the concept of the mind-body duality held by both the conventionally religious and the proponent of new age spiritualism. It is not so broad a book as it might have been, but is the better for having remained focused "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeannette | 12/12/2013

    " I highly recommend this book. A book rich in neuroscience it is reminiscent of Shermer and Pinker. It offers an biological basis for supernatural belief and disbelief, and proves that even skeptics hold some supernatural beliefs. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Meaghan McQuade | 11/28/2013

    " Frankly, this book pissed me off! Scientists seem to forget that science is simply one form of knowledge and that it is merely a lens for reality. Evolutionary theories are certainly valid, but you have to remember that these are made post hoc and cannot be tested in the same way that other scientific theories can. This book does bring up some interesting points about why we are inclined to believe in the supernatural, however, it is important to keep in mind that before gravity was scientifically "proven" to exists, it would have also been considered a supernatural belief! This book pretty much sums up everything that is wrong with science as a discipline. Take it with a grain of salt! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 11/13/2013

    " Fascinating book about the source of our superstitions - those irrational things we believe are true, such as that there is someone in the room with us, or someone is watching us, or there simply MUST be angels and other supernatural beings. We all have various irrational beliefs, and this book explains why this is so from a psychological, evolutionary, sociocultural, and biological standpoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mia | 10/21/2013

    " I really liked the combination of curiosity, thoughtfulness and scientific approach, and the sense of openness to questions and possibilities. The evidence that irrational beliefs has little to do with intelligence, anddemonstration beliefs held by people who are not religious or superstitious was particularly useful. The one drawback occurs when the author seems to overreach in his speculations of why we believe things. Certain habits are treated as innate where they may actually be culturally affected. Collaboration with researchers in cultural anthropology would probably be useful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 8/21/2013

    " Our tendency to believe in the super natural is a minor glitch in our survival wired brains. This AMAZING book explains our "faith"from a neurological perspective. I rate it as one of the 10 must read for independent critical thinkers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 7/14/2013

    " I listened to the first 3 disks of this book and was so annoyed that I couldn't finish it. I guess I was expecting something scientific and it failed at that. Reading the book may be better as I could skim parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marc Resnick | 5/3/2013

    " As with many books in this genre, I was fascinated by many of the conclusions, but disappointed with how oversimplified the science is presented. But that is actually a plus, because I know for most people, simplified is a good thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Muffett | 3/27/2013

    " Already know I will enjoy this as I've been following Prof Hood's work for a while now. Exactly what is needed amid the furore of the 4 Horsemen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Poietes | 8/28/2012

    " Good book infused with humor, anecdotes, science. Would you wear a killer's cardigan? Complete review on my blog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Painting | 3/17/2012

    " I think the ghouls are vacating the closet, but the monsters are still under my bed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 3/8/2012

    " Interesting book that looks at what is nature and what is nurture in what we believe about the supernatural and religion. "

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About the Author
Author Bruce M. Hood

Bruce M. Hood is the author of The Science of Superstition and is one of the leading international authorities on child development and supernatural thinking in adults. He has a PhD from the University of Cambridge and has been a faculty member at UCL and Harvard and was a visiting scientist at MIT. He is currently the chair of developmental psychology at Bristol University in England and director of the Bristol Cognitive Development Centre.

About the Narrator

Kerin McCue is an audiobook narrator whose readings include Charles Wheelan’s Naked Economics, Larry LcMurtry’s Horseman, Pass By, Stanley Bing’s Rome, Inc, and Tom Bissell’s The Father of All Things.