How science explains belief
This is an area which has interested me for some time - how and why humans believe in gods, superstition, UFO's etc
This time we thought we could approach the meet up slightly differently. Instead of simply setting one book to read and then meeting to discuss it, as we usually do, this time I have referenced two books by different authors. Both of the books are supported by online talks by the authors, also referenced below.
This is not meant to be daunting.
The idea of this is NOT that you have to read both books and listen to all the lectures, although of course you can if you want.
Rather, this approach is intended to encourage you to come to the meeting and to feel that you can contribute even if you only have time to watch one of the lectures.
Here are the books:
The Believing Brain: From Spiritual Faiths to Political Convictions – How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths by Michael Shermer
Supersense: From Superstition to Religion - The Brain Science of Belief by Bruce Hood
Here are the online talks/lectures:
I hope this will make for an interesting discussion - come along if you can!