Jesse Bering
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Jesse Bering

Jesse Bering is a research psychologist and Director of the Centre for Science Communication at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.

An award-winning science writer specializing in human behaviour, his first book, The Belief Instinct (2011), was included on the American Library Association's Top 25 Books of the Year. This was followed by a collection of his previously published essays, Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That? (2012), and Perv (2013), a taboo-breaking work that received widespread critical acclaim and was named as a New York Times Editor's Choice. His most recent book, Suicidal, will be released in late 2018 (published in the UK as A Very Human Ending). All of his books have been translated into many different languages.

An experimental psychologist by training, Bering's primary research area is the cognitive science of religion and he has published extensively in that field.

Bering and his work have been featured in numerous documentaries, TV shows, and radio programs, including Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, Conan, Chelsea Lately, Q&A (Australia), NPR's "All Things Considered," and the BBC. In addition to writing extensively for Scientific American and Slate magazines, his essays and opinion pieces have also appeared in Playboy, The New York Times, The Guardian, Discover, Vice, and others.

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    • The Belief Instinct

    • The Psychology of Souls, Destiny, and the Meaning of Life
    • By: Jesse Bering
    • Narrated by: Jesse Bering
    • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    In this lively and masterfully argued new book, Jesse Bering unveils the psychological underpinnings of why we believe....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • engaging and insightful

    • By juliagee on 01-02-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Perv

    • The Sexual Deviant in All of Us
    • By: Jesse Bering
    • Narrated by: Jesse Bering
    • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 328
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 296
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 295

    In Perv, Jesse Bering argues that we are all sexual deviants on one level or another....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • About time someone said this

    • By Aryn on 06-05-14
    • The Sexual Deviant in All of Us
    • By: Jesse Bering
    • Narrated by: Jesse Bering
    • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
    • Release date: 10-08-13
    • 4 out of 5 stars 328 ratings

    Regular price: $17.00

    • Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?

    • And Other Reflections on Being Human
    • By: Jesse Bering
    • Narrated by: Jesse Bering
    • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 284
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 256
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 256

    Why do testicles hang the way they do? Is there an adaptive function to the female orgasm? What does it feel like to want to kill yourself? Does “free will” really exist? And why is the penis shaped like that anyway....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining

    • By Heizenberg on 08-01-12

    Regular price: $17.00

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