Jesse Bering is an award-winning science writer specializing in evolutionary psychology and human behaviour.

He is the author of several acclaimed popular books, and he and his work have been featured on numerous documentaries, television shows and radio programmes, including ‘Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman’, ‘Conan’, ‘Chelsea Lately’, ‘Q&A’ (Australia), NPR’s ‘All Things Considered’ and the BBC.

He has written for Slate, Guardian, The New York Times, Discover, Chicago Tribune, New Republic, Vice and many others. Several of his science-writing projects have sold for option rights to major US television and film producers, and his ‘Bering in Mind’ column at Scientific American was nominated for a 2010 Webby Award from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

An experimental psychologist by training, he spent his early career researching the cognitive science of religion, and has published extensively in that field. Formerly director of the Institute of Cognition and Culture at Queen’s University, Belfast, and a professor at the University of Arkansas, he is currently Professor and Head of the Department of Science Communication at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

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“A colorful romp through psychology, philosophy and popular culture.”

New Humanist

“Witty . . . . [Bering] employs examples and analogies that make his arguments seem like common sense rather than the hard-earned scientific insights they really are.”

New Scientist

“Bering ranges comfortably among evolutionary biology, psychology, and philosophical concerns, and finds the good science in belief.”

Kirkus Reviews

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