Uploaded by JamesRandiFoundation on Jan 6, 2012
Bruce M. Hood discusses why so many people believe in the supernatural despite the lack of evidence, explaining that it may have something to do with how our brains are wired. He draws a distinction between religious supernatural beliefs, which are culturally determined, and more universal secular supernatural beliefs such as mind-body dualism and causality. He explains how such magical thinking may be socially advantageous and how even skeptics engage in supersense thinking. He also warns against the unscrupulous individuals who take advantage of what is a natural disposition in the majority of people.
- Scientific Perspectives of the Supernatural: Challenging the Superstitious Status Quo in the Philippines (randi.org)
- Science Weekly podcast: Bruce Hood has Christmas lectures on the brain (guardian.co.uk)
- Christmas brain lectures available worldwide (mindhacks.com)
- Magical Thinking (vonfaustus.blogspot.com)
- Happy Christmas Lectures 2011: Meet your Brain with Bruce Hood (duncan.hull.name)