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.
5 books on this list
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...
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
This book is also recommended byGeoffrey Miller
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...
@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
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...
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
This book is also recommended bySusan J. Fowler
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...
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
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