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This week on Think Atheist Radio we have our interview with Dr. Bruce M. Hood. Dr. Hood is a Professor of Developmental Psychology in Society at the UK's University of Bristol and is the Director of that institution's Bristol Cognitive Development Centre. Born in Canada, his undergraduate work was in Psychology at the University of Dundee in Scotland from which he received both a Master of Arts and a Master of Philosophy. He received his PhD from Cambridge in 1991, researching the development of the infant visual perception system. Before teaching at Bristol he held a visiting professorship at MIT and an associate professorship at Harvard. Among his recognitions Dr. Hood has been elected to fellow status of the American Psychological Association and he had the honor in 2011 of delivering the Royal Institution Christmas Lecture. His research interests include cognitive development from a neuroscience perspective and the origin of adult magical reasoning from children's natural intuitions. Previously the author of the excellent Supersense: Why We Believe The Unbelievable, we asked Dr. Hood to speak to us about his recently released book, The Self Illusion: How The Social Brain Creates Identity. He talked to us about the self, consciousness, memory, perception, cognitive biases, free will, and more. It's a fascinating conversation, the topic of which is ably, clearly, and compellingly discussed in this great new book.
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Earlier this year Rex Huppke at the Chicago Tribune memorialized "facts" upon what he believed was their death. Mike LaBossiere writes to ask if facts are really dead or if there's something else going on.
As America grows more polarized, conservatives increasingly reject science and rational thought.
Nevada Republicans have a strange notion of family values. 66% agree that brothels should be legal. But only 20% are in favor of gay marriage.
Turns out there's an unknown number of women who may perceive millions more colors than the rest of us.
Blogger Leah Libresco announced that she's gone and walked away from reality and adopted Catholicism. Adam Lee at Daylight Atheism has some questions. Christopher at TPA examined Libresco's argument and just can't even believe that this is what motivated her decision.
The science behind how magicians trick us is instructive if what you want to do is think more rigorously and more clearly.
State funds in Louisiana are going to to a voucher program that sends kids to religious schools. But what are those kids actually learning? Have a look at what's in the textbooks in use there. PZ Myers provides a quick rundown of the outrageous claims to be found in these books.
A new study finds that kids raised by lesbian parents are unaffected by the lack of male i....
Lifehacker offered these tips on how to determine if a claim is likely to be scientifically ....
This is hilarious. Someone made this site that takes actual words from woo-meister Deepak Chopra's Twitter feed and puts them together in random combinations to generate completely stupid nonsensical statements that are indistinguishable from Chopra's actual statements.
A new method should allow us to see even further back to the earliest moments of our universe.
Maggie Koerth-Baker posted this incredibly brave and powerful piece about her decision whether to have an abortion.
Recently an advocacy organization released a list of the fruits and vegetables with the greatest amount of pesticides residue. But what does that mean? And should we care? Turns out. Not much. And, not really all that much.
Donations to religious organizations down again, even as donations in general creep up as the economy improves.
The numbers of nonreligious around the world continue to grow. That growth is reflected this time in new census data that show that the nonreligious now outnumber Anglicans in Australia for the first time.
Do mountains have a microbial origin? Turns out. A bit. Yeah. Cool.
The numbers of nonreligious continue to grow, yes, but atheists are still the most unelectable group in the US. (Though for the first time more than 50% would elect an atheist.)
Romney is still a Mormon. And there's still no one asking him about his support for a religion that included and includes fundamentally... regarding black people and Native Americans.
Jerry Coyne has decided to read the Bible and is finding it boring and insipid.
A newly discovered pair of exoplanets defies theories of planet formation in their weirdness.
Why won't the IRS crack down on churches that endorse political candidates in violation of the law?
In a first in the US, a Roman Catholic official has been convicted of child endangerment for his role in moving around known abusing priests to different parishes and concealing the reasons for the moves.
What is wrong with our education system when half the country doesn't accept the evidence for evolution?
Do the religious give more to charity? What kind of charities? And what motivates their donation?
Last week I linked a new study that showed that smarter people are actually more susceptible to cognitive biases than less intelligent. This week saw some criticism of that study. Is the conclusion actually merited?