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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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Alchemy
The Dark Art and Curious Science of Creating Magic in Brands, Business, and Life
by Rory Sutherland (May 07, 2019)
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HOW DOES MAGIC HAPPEN? The Ogilvy advertising legend—“one of the leading minds in the world of branding” (NPR) and "the don of modern advertising" ( Sunday Times )—explores the art and science of conjuring irresistible products and ideas . "Sutherland, the legendary Vice Chairman of Ogilvy, uses his decades of expe...
Paul Bloom
Nov 23, 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
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Down Girl
The Logic of Misogyny
by Kate Manne (Mar 01, 2019)
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Misogyny is a hot topic, yet it's often misunderstood. What is misogyny, exactly? Who deserves to be called a misogynist? How does misogyny contrast with sexism, and why is it prone to persist - or increase - even when sexist gender roles are waning? This book is an exploration of misogyny in public life and politics by the moral philosopher and wr...
Paul Bloom
Nov 24, 2018
@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
Fifth Business
by Robertson Davies (Jan 01, 2001)
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Categories: FictionClassics
Ramsay is a man twice born, a man who has returned from the hell of the battle-grave at Passchendaele in World War I decorated with the Victoria Cross and destined to be caught in a no man's land where memory, history, and myth collide. As Ramsay tells his story, it begins to seem that from boyhood, he has exerted a perhaps mystical, perhaps pernic...
Paul Bloom
Mar 22, 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
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Not Born Yesterday
The Science of Who We Trust and What We Believe
by Hugo Mercier (Jan 28, 2020)
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Why people are not as gullible as we thinkNot Born Yesterday explains how we decide who we can trust and what we should believe--and argues that we're pretty good at making these decisions. In this lively and provocative book, Hugo Mercier demonstrates how virtually all attempts at mass persuasion--whether by religious leaders, politicians, or adve...
Paul Bloom
Dec 16, 2019
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
Possessed
Why We Want More Than We Need
by Bruce Hood (Sep 03, 2019)
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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...
Paul Bloom
Apr 28, 2019
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