Paul Bloom is a Canadian American psychologist. He is the Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of psychology and cognitive science at Yale University. His research explores how children and adults understand the physical and social world, with special focus on language, morality, religion, fiction, and art.
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A leading psychologist explains why nearly all of us―including many of those who are persecuted and powerless―so often defend the social systems that cause misery and injustice. Why do we so often defend the very social systems that are responsible for injustice and exploitation? In A Theory of System Justification , John Jost argues that we are mo...
Highly recommended! -- John and I don't agree on everything, but he's one of the sharpest psychologists around and his new book is a summary & synthesis of his research and theorizing about system justification. This will be one of the classic texts of political psychology. – source
Paul BloomAug 01, 2020
Just finished "The Biggest Bluff" by @mkonnikova. I'm a fan of all of Maria's writing, and this was fantastic--best poker book I ever read, but also one of the best books on the psychology of decision-making. Tons of fun too. – source
Paul BloomJul 31, 2020
Pandemic-reading: I'm returning to Robertson Davies' "Deptford Trilogy", which I read when I was a teenager. Particularly suitable since I'm now in Toronto. Almost done with the first book and it's extraordinary ... – source
Paul BloomMar 22, 2020
Also recommended bySusan J. Fowler
I loved this book. Clever, deep, fun to read, and it defends a very interesting claim. I hope psychologists give it the attention it deserves. – source
Paul BloomDec 16, 2019
About halfway through "Alchemy" by @rorysutherland. I don't like his "anti-reason/pro-magic" framing, but this book contains more clever ideas/great insights/excellent jokes per page than anything I've read in a long time. Very highly recommended. – source
Paul BloomNov 23, 2019
Also recommended byGeoffrey Miller
Ownership is on most people's lips these days, or at least the lack of ownership. Everywhere people seem to be fighting over what is theirs. They want to take back their property, their lands, their liberty, their bodies, their identity, and their right to do what they want. These demands are quite remarkable when you consider that ownership is not...
Just because I feel like it, 5 recommendations: 1. @profbrucehood's forthcoming book, "Possessed" is science writing at its best--it's funny, smart, and on an fascinating topic: the psychology of ownership. – source
Paul BloomApr 28, 2019
@ConceptualJames @CHSommers @robertwrighter @philosophybites Hi James -- I praised Manne's book in my @NewYorker article and my interview with @philosophybites--and I particularly liked its rich critique of dehumanization theory. Instead of accusations of sexism, why not tell me where you think this critique (hers or mine) goes wrong? – source
Paul BloomNov 24, 2018
Also recommended byEzra Klein