Pascal Boyer

Is the moral-economic fallacy universal?

Pascal Boyer
Published on 19 November 2012 at 22:32
If anyone remembers anything from Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations (apart from the number of distinct operations required to...

What it is about women?

Pascal Boyer
Published on 19 February 2012 at 11:53
A few weeks a go, a young girl was assaulted in the othodox Jewish community of Beit Shemesh near Jerusalem. Being from an orthod...

Why are human beings so interested in explaining misfortune?

Pascal Boyer
Published on 7 August 2011 at 17:07
(Enter our super-competition and win a mega-prize!) Some time ago, a lady in France had the pleasure of seeing her lottery ticke...

Birthers, Obama, and conflicting intuitions

Pascal Boyer
Published on 22 March 2011 at 10:15
Those of you who deal with psychiatry know of the rare and tragic condition called Capgras delusion. In this condition, the patie...

What’s wrong, in the end, with Homo Œconomicus ?

Pascal Boyer
Published on 2 February 2011 at 08:52
Everyone likes to bash Homo œconomicus - not one stone was left uncast at the poor chap. Now, don't get me wrong, I enjoy a good...

Why don’t people like markets?

Pascal Boyer
Published on 18 June 2012 at 21:49
People do not love markets – there is a lot of evidence for that. Is it relevant that, well, to put it bluntly, people do not see...

Epistemic vigilance... and epistemic recklessness

Pascal Boyer
Published on 8 August 2011 at 01:00
We have all enjoyed, if that is the right word, conversations with people who seem to have no great regard for the niceties of ar...

Do people ever engage in “magical thinking” ?

Pascal Boyer
Published on 19 May 2011 at 15:36
Would you enjoy your cocktail less, if it came in a glass labelled “vomit”? One solid result of cognitive psychology, or so it w...

Why would (otherwise intelligent) scholars believe in "Religion"?

Pascal Boyer
Published on 22 February 2011 at 00:00
I do not know if many scholars of religion still believe in gods or spirits, but I know that a great many of them believe in the...

There is no such thing as sexual intercourse

Pascal Boyer
Published on 8 February 2010 at 18:14
I happen to know the secret of academic success. So far I have never divulged it because, well, charity begins at home. But it lo...
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Pascal Boyer

Website: http://artsci.wustl.edu/~pboyer/PBoyerHomeSite/index.html
City: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Country: USA
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Evolutionary Psychology, Functions of memory, Anxiety and Threat-Detection Systems, Cognitive Development

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