Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Science of Superstition” as Want to Read:
The Science of Superstition
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Preview

The Science of Superstition

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  63 ratings  ·  8 reviews
In The Science of Superstition, cognitive psychologist Bruce Hood examines the ways in which humans understand the supernatural, revealing what makes us believe in the unbelievable.

*Previously published as SuperSense.
Kindle Edition
Published (first published June 29th 2010)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Science of Superstition, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Science of Superstition

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 201)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Mister
I'm certainly interested in the topic of the book - a cognitive scientist writing about how the biological structure and the early development of a child's brain gives us humans a propensity for believing in irrational things, but I really loathe the author's tunnel-vision in support of the idea. For example, he argues early in the book that people wouldn't wear a murderer's sweater because of a superstitious belief that they would be tainted by its evil (working from the same principle as a goo ...more
Forrest
I’ve always enjoyed vigorous debate with those who don’t share my particular spiritual point of view. While none of the people I’ve had good conversations with have fit into the most extreme fundamentalist brackets, I have noticed that more evangelical Christians seem to enjoy a kind of thinking that is circular at best. I try not to just write these people off out of hand. Their experiences are unknown to me and there may be very good and rational explanations for their unshakable faith.

Well, i
...more
Decedra
What a very interesting book on superstition. This book is about the natural "sense" we have that attributes supernatural elements to our lives despite all of our scientific advances. It comes from our incredible ability, our "supersense", in recognizing patterns and inferring cause and effect. We are so good at it that we attribute cause to an effect even when it doesn't really exist. This supersense is also what allows us to have more cohesive relationships, but we have to be careful, too, tha ...more
Amber
I picked up this book because my sister checked it out from the library one week, and seeing a book titled "The Science of Superstition", I expected nothing less than science, sort of like a Discovery-channel type of thing, in this case a look into superstitions. What I got instead was highly opinionated philosophy presented in a very condescending, matter-of-fact attitude. I did not read the entire book, I'll admit, but I read from a few different chapters. The author's attitude rubbed me the w ...more
Mia
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 ...more
Nenia *Genghis Khan soaked in sherbet*
You can read more of my reviews, faster, at my blog, The Armchair Librarian.


My dad is really interested in parapsychology and pseudoscience, so I thought this might make a nice Christmas present. However, I elected to read it first because he is super picky about the books that he reads and I wanted to make sure it wasn't stupid.



First off, I got this book mixed up with the similarly titled but infinitely more popular book by Michael Shermer,Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superst
...more
Marc Resnick
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.
Hayley Dunning
Somewhat jumbled, amicable but not epic.
Lars Hefte
Lars Hefte is currently reading it
Apr 20, 2015
Neverdust
Neverdust marked it as to-read
Apr 11, 2015
Nora Tejeda
Nora Tejeda marked it as to-read
Apr 09, 2015
Derek
Derek marked it as to-read
Apr 07, 2015
James
James marked it as to-read
Mar 28, 2015
Anna
Anna marked it as to-read
Mar 27, 2015
Janine
Janine is currently reading it
Mar 22, 2015
Liza H
Liza H marked it as to-read
Mar 17, 2015
CookiefullofArsenic
CookiefullofArsenic marked it as to-read
Mar 08, 2015
Michael Shulman
Michael Shulman marked it as to-read
Mar 03, 2015
Pamela
Pamela marked it as to-read
Feb 27, 2015
Jesus Perez
Jesus Perez marked it as to-read
Feb 04, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Six-Legged Soldiers: Using Insects as Weapons of War
  • The Best Way: El Camino de Santiago
  • Chrysalis
  • The Masuda Affair (Sugawara Akitada, #7)
  • The Minstrel's Tale
  • The Tavernier Stones
  • For Fukui's Sake: Two Years In Rural Japan
  • Lives of the Trees: An Uncommon History
  • The Belief Instinct: The Psychology of Souls, Destiny, and the Meaning of Life
  • Atom: An Odyssey from the Big Bang to Life on Earth...and Beyond
  • The Zen Experience
  • Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud
  • The Secret Piano: From Mao's Labor Camps to Bach's Goldberg Variations
  • You Are Here: A Portable History of the Universe
  • The Great Lover
  • Living Organized: Proven Steps for a Clutter-Free and Beautiful Home
  • A Voyage for Madmen
  • Germs, Genes, & Civilization: How Epidemics Shaped Who We Are Today
2996545
I was born in Toronto, Canada, and my middle name is MacFarlane. This a legacy of my Scottish heritage on my father's side. My mother is Australian and has the very unusual first name of Loyale. I used to believe for many years that she had two sisters called Hope and Faith, but that was just my fertile imagination. Why Toronto I hear you ask. My father was a journalist and plied his art on variou ...more
More about Bruce M. Hood...
The Self Illusion: Why There is No 'You' Inside Your Head [Extract] SuperSense: Why We Believe in the Unbelievable The Self Illusion: Why There is No 'You' Inside Your Head The Origins of Object Knowledge

Share This Book

“We can all talk to the dead. It’s getting them to talk back that’s the hard part.”2” 1 likes
“The brain creates both the mind and the body we experience. A physical thing creates the mental world we inhabit.” 1 likes
More quotes…