"Books disparaging religion ... have largely put the blame on culture for humanity's widespread unscientific beliefs. Yet what if the greatest influence on our supernatural convictions is the built-in wiring of our brains? [Bruce] Hood is an internationally renowned neuroscientist who has developed a revolutionary new theory to explain why, in the face of dubious evidence, humans so readily put their faith in supernatural forces. Dubbed supersense, Hood's theory traces religious inclinations to how the brain processes information: a hardwired tool kit for making sense of the world that begins in childhood. In 10 engaging and informative chapters with titles like 'Could You Wear a Killer's Cardigan?' and 'Would You Let Your Wife Sleep with Robert Redford?' Hood lays out the evidence for the mind's penchant for seeing patterns in disconnected events and cultivating sacred values that bind humans together. Hood's treatise provides a much-needed counterbalance to hard-core skeptics by arguing that supersense, while not exactly grounded in rationality, ultimately gives our lives meaning."óBooklist
Supersense is a terrifically fun read. But it is much more: though we may forever believe in ghosts, goblins and the beneficent deities, with a dose of skeptical scientific realism, a la Hood, there is hope that sanity will prevail. Paperback, 302 pages. List price, $14.99; our price, $8.95.