Why Do We Believe In The Unbelievable?: The Science Of Supernatural Belief

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5:45-7:00 pm: Community Science Fair
5:45-6:15 pm: Spanish Presentation
7:00-8:15 pm: Main Program (Talk)

This Hot Science - Cool Talks event serves as the keynote address for the UT Department of Psychology's Breaking New Ground in the Science-Religion Dialogue Workshop. Registration is NOT required for Hot Science - Cool Talks.

++Community Science Fair++
There will be demonstrations, information, and hands-on activities related to supernatural phenomena and the science behind them, including: chupacabras, magic shows, and wizard chemistry!

++Spanish Presentation++
This is a session for Spanish speakers in our community. It will convey key concepts via engaging hands-on demonstrations, delivered primarily in Spanish.

++What is the talk about?++
Why do so many people believe in supernatural phenomena? Is it something we grow up with? Do TV shows and movies about paranormal activity feed our desire to believe? Culture plays a role in transmitting beliefs, but new research says that we are predisposed to form beliefs when we are young, and that this forms the basis for supernatural thinking when we are adults. Dr. Hood will examine the evidence for this idea, and demonstrate that even rational adults can hold supernatural beliefs that they themselves may not recognize.

++Presenter's Biosketch++
Bruce Hood is a professor of experimental psychology and the chair of developmental psychology and society at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. His research interests include the cognitive processes behind magical thinking, which he studies at his lab, the Bristol Cognitive Development Centre. He has worked at MIT and Harvard, is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Biology, and was the 2011 Christmas Lecturer for the Royal Institution of Great Britain. He is the author of three popular science books: SuperSense, The Self Illusion, and The Domesticated Brain.

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