<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Supersense: From Superstition to Religion - The Brain Science of Belief (Hood (Bruce)) - Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</title> <link href="../../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../../TT_ICO.png" /> </head> <a name="Top"></a> <BODY> <div id="header"> <HR><H1>Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</H1></div> <hr><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950><tr><td colspan =2><A HREF = "../BookSummary_3814.htm">Supersense: From Superstition to Religion - The Brain Science of Belief</A></td></tr><tr><td colspan =2><A HREF = "../../../Authors/H/Author_Hood (Bruce).htm">Hood (Bruce)</a></td></tr><tr><td colspan =2>This Page provides (where held) the <b>Abstract</b> of the above <b>Book</b> and those of all the <b>Papers</b> contained in it.</td></tr><tr><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td><td><A HREF = "../BooksToNotes_3814.htm">Notes Citing this Book</A></td></tr></tr></TABLE></CENTER><hr> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>BOOK ABSTRACT: </B><BR><BR><U>Cover Blurb</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>If someone gave you 20, would you put on a jumper owned by Fred West? Do you cross your fingers, touch wood or avoid walking under ladders? If someone offered to replace your old teddy bear with an exact replica, would you accept?</li><li>Where do such feelings come from? It seems that human brains have to make sense of the world somehow, and that need to find an explanation can lead our minds beyond reason and into the supernatural. Education tells us such thinking is irrational, but at an intuitive level it can stubbornly persist in otherwise sensible adults. Barack Obama played basketball the morning of his victory in the Iowa primary - and on the morning of every following primary. This is not all bad - these beliefs can be a useful glue that binds us together as a society. And creative types rely upon the ability to see patterns in the world.</li><li>Combining brilliant insight with witty example, Bruce Hood weaves a page-turning account of our 'supersense', navigating a path through brain science, child development, popular culture, mental illness and the paranormal. </li><li>'Reading <I>SuperSense</I> is like having lunch with your favourite professor - the conversation spans religion, biology, psychology, philosophy, and early childhood development. One thing is for sure, you'll never see the world in the same way again.' Ori Brafman, <I>New York Times</I> bestselling author of <I>Sway</I>.</li><li>An intriguing look at a feature of the human mind that is subtle in its operation but profound in its consequences - <I>Steven Pinker</I> </li></ol></FONT><U>Amazon Reviews</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>A fascinating, timely and important book. Bruce Hood s presentation of the science behind our supersense is crystal clear and utterly engaging ....perhaps the millions who read and loved <a name="2"></a>"<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_01/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_1610.htm">Dawkins (Richard) - The God Delusion</A>" can also read and learn to love <I>Supersense</I>; <I>New Scientist</I></li><li>A fascinating cornucopia of weird and strange stories and incidents that combine to present both a physiological and psychological case for the human instinct to need to believe. I would thoroughly recommend this book - <I>Stephen Woolley</I></li><li>Marvelous & chock full of real-world examples reinforced by experimental research, Hood builds a theoretical model to explain how the mind comes to sense that there is something beyond the natural world, something supernatural & . This book is an important contribution to the psychological literature that is revealing the actuality of our very irrational human nature - <I>Michael Shermer</I>, <I>Science </I></li><li>A fun and thought-provoking read & you will find something here to challenge the way you see yourself and others - <I>BBC Focus magazine</I></li><li>A fascinating and readable book, and one of the best books on the subject of why everyone sometimes believes weird things - <I>Fortean Times</I></li></ol></FONT><U>Contents</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1">Prologue: Why Do We Demolish Evil Houses?  1<li>What Secret Do John McEnroe and David Beckham Share?  15</li><li>CouldYou Wear a Killer's Cardigan?  36</li><li>Who Created Creationism?  52</li><li>Blooming, Buzzing Babies  87</li><li>Mind Reading for Beginners  121</li><li>Freak Accidents  149</li><li>Would You Willingly Receive a Heart <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_104.htm">Transplant</A><SUP>1</SUP> from a Murderer?  180</li><li>Why Do Travelling Salesmen Sleep with Teddy Bears?  209</li><li>The Biology of Belief  236</li><li>WouldYou Let Your Wife Sleep with Robert Redford?  264<BR>Reader's Notes  271<BR>Acknowledgments  281<BR>Source Notes  283<BR>Index  315</li></ol></FONT></P> <a name="ColourConventions"></a><hr><br><B><U>Text Colour Conventions</U> (see <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</B><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> </center> <BR><HR><BR><center> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T04:03" pubdate>02/08/2018 04:03:46</time> <br><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A> </TD></TR><TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>