Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check, Beast Of: Superstition
by Gary Niederhoff on October 3, 2011
Part 4 of Skeptic Check, Beast Of, featuring Bruce Hood, cognitive scientist at the University of Bristol in the U.K. and author of The Science of Superstition: How the Developing Brain Creates Supernatural Beliefs.
Could your favorite Earthling also be your favorite Martian?
Allow me to respond: The answer is "yes." It's possible that billions of years ago, tiny bits of biology quit the Red Planet and infected ours. If so, your family tree -- and that of every other terrestrial life form -- has its deepest roots not in the ancient oceans of Earth, but... (read more)