JESSE BERING is a Reader in the School of History and Anthropology and Director of the Institute of Cognition and Culture. His postgraduate studies focused on the psychological differences between human beings and chimpanzees, and this early exposure to comparative psychology, combined with his PhD in developmental psychology, led to his work studying how the evolved human mind plays a part in religious thinking. He is the author of numerous scientific articles on topics ranging from the afterlife to university students' conceptions of destiny. His general science writings have appeared widely in popular media outlets. Dr. Bering also writes a featured weekly blog forScientific American Mind called "Bering in Mind". Dr. Bering also writes a featured weekly blog for Scientific American Mind called "Bering in Mind". His first book The Belief Instinct: The Psychology of Souls, Destiny and the Meaning of Life is forthcoming from W.W. Norton in February, 2011.
Psychologist, Director, Institute of Cognition and Culture, Queens University, Belfast; Columnist, Scientific American (