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SuperSense by Bruce M. Hood
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Mar 29, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: cognition, psychology, science
Read from April 16 to 24, 2012

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
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