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Possessed: Why We Want More Than We Need

Tue 7 September, 2021 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm BST

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Join Professor Bruce Hood as he explores the themes raised in his latest book “Possessed”. The talk will cover man’s need to own possessions, the background to those needs and in view of the current climate emergency, what should we be doing?

Bruce Hood has been the Professor of Developmental Psychology at Bristol University since 2000. He undertook his Ph.D. at Cambridge followed by appointments at University College London, MIT and was a faculty professor at Harvard. He researches child development, origins of superstition, self-identity and happiness.

This will be an online presentation followed by a Q&A discussion.

About the speaker:
Bruce gave the BBC Royal Institution Christmas Lectures Meet Your Brain in 2011 and has written four popular science books – SuperSense (2009), The Self Illusion (2012), The Domesticated Brain (2014) and Possessed (2019). He has appeared on various radio and TV shows and stars in the eco-documentary film, Living in the Future’s Past (2018) presented by academy award-winner Jeff Bridges. Bruce currently co hosts the BBC podcast The Happiness Half Hour.

Reviews of “Possessed”
“Beautifully written and brilliantly argued, Possessed is one of the few things you really need to own.” Dan Gilbert

“Ownership is a surprisingly nuanced and wonderfully colorful topic, and no one is better poised to tell its story than psychologist and author Bruce Hood.” David Eagleman, bestselling author of ‘The Brain’ and ‘Incognito’

“For those interested in the psychology and philosophy of materialism, this rich and engaging book will spark hours of joy.” David Robson ― The British Psychological Society blog