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Gentle debunking of the paranormal
on 19 October 2013
Like Richard Dawkins, Hood is a leading scientist and a sceptic, but there the resemblance ends. While Dawkins sees religious belief as an aberration, Hood explains how our brains are programmed to find explanations which 'would be supernatural if true'. I am quoting the author here because I think this phrase sums up his respectful approach to believers, even if he doesn't share their beliefs. He presents his thesis clearly and convincingly and although I thought that some of the evidence wasn't totally relevant he is never less than interesting, particularly when writing about child development, which is his area of expertise.