PRINT & ONLINE
“Tod durch Hypnose” (pd), Neue Zürcher Zeitung, May 2, 2021.
“ “‘Healing’ crystals are having a pandemic moment. But science says they’re just pretty stones.” Washington Post, April 1, 2021.
“Le hasard fait bien des chose” a review of “Pour Quoi Moi? Hasard Dans Tous Ses Éstats” Le Monde, January 15, 2021. [pdf]
“What Your Ability to Handle Horror Movies Says About You,” The Cut, June 14, 2018.
“Immunity dog: the canine with magical powers protecting Twitter users from death,” New Statesman, August 31, 2017.
“Why I Wrote This Article on Malcolm Gladwell’s Keyboard,” New York Times, June 2, 2017.
“Exorcising the Cubs’ curse and the psychology of baseball superstitions,” Associated Press, October 7, 2016.
“Why Americans are some of the world’s worst savers,” Marketwatch.com, April 14, 2016.
“Want to get pregnant? Sit here.” Ozy.com, December 4, 2015.
“America’s Top Superstitions — And Where They Come From” Yahoo! Health, October 21, 2015.
”Charlie, Charlie, are you there?” Why teens are summoning demons, explained.” Vox, June 5, 2015.
“The Odd Superstition Behind Birthmarks” The Atlantic, April 8, 2015.
“Why that ‘Facebook copyright’ hoax will never, ever die” The Washington Post, January 6, 2015.
“The Enduring Scariness of the Mad Scientist” The Atlantic, October 29, 2014.
“Why You Believe In Ghosts, Even Though You Know Better” Huffington Post, October 30, 2014.
“Why are Americans Going Broke? A New GoBankingRates.com Investigation Dives into U.S Consumer Spending” PRWeb.com, June 26, 2013.
TELEVISION & VIDEO
“Are You Superstitious?” Chronicle, WCBV TV, Boston, October 7, 2016.
“Political Superstitions On Electoral Day” HuffPost Live, November 6, 2012.
“Origins of Friday the 13th Fears” CBS Sunday Morning, January 13, 2012.
“Americans” Reliance on Credit Leads Many Into Debt” PBS NewsHour, August 18, 2008.
RADIO & PODCASTS
Triskaidekaphobia and Superstitions, The Show About Science, April 3, 2016.
“Friday The 13th: Are You Superstitious?” The Joy Cardin Show, Wisconsin Public Radio, December 13, 2013.
“Science and Pseudoscience,” NPR”s Science Friday, August 29, 2003.
Summer is over, and the glorious season of autumn is blooming here in New England. I hope that, wherever you are, you are happy and healthy. I have just two items to report.
First, I can now announce that I have a new book arriving next spring from Oxford University Press: The Uses of Delusion: Why It’s Not Always Rational to Be Rational. After spending much of my career championing logic, reason, and science, I’ve come to a slightly more nuanced view. Without question, most of the time we should be driven by reason, but there are times when the path of reason is not the best path. Many people do things that don’t strictly make sense, and yet these actions help them achieve their personal goals and navigate the social world. That’s what this book is about.
The Uses of Delusion was the most pleasurable of all my books to write so far, and it is filled with stories and personal anecdotes to illustrate the main points. It will not appear until April or May, but it’s available for pre-order now. I already have one book talk scheduled, for the Stonington (CT) Free Library on August 24, 2022. You can be certain I will remind you about this and other opportunities to hear about the book as they emerge.
My latest “Behavior & Belief” column for Skeptical Inquirer magazine is called “Why Your Uncle Isn’t Going to Get Vaccinated.” All of us here in the US know someone who—six months after the vaccines have been widely available—still resists getting the shot. Meanwhile the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus rages. At this point, it seems unlikely these people can be convinced to get vaccinated, and in this article, I provide some possible explanations for a decision that seems more than a little crazy to the rest of us.
That’s it for now!
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