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.
There's a new big dipper in the nighttime sky.
No, it's not a cozy constellation, but a distant, non-descript star that behaves like a shipboard semaphore, beaming flashes of light into the cosmic darkness that seem random, but... (read more)