Jennifer Michael Hecht is the author of the bestseller Doubt: A History, a history of religious and philosophical doubt all over the world, throughout history. Her new book is Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It. Hecht’s The End of the Soul: Scientific Modernity, Atheism, and Anthropology won Phi Beta Kappa’s 2004 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award “For scholarly studies that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity.” Her The Happiness Myth brings a historical eye to modern wisdom about how to lead a good life.
We’re starting the new year with a conversation with Bob Carroll, author of Unnatural Acts: Critical Thinking, Skepticism, and Science Exposed!, and Mysteries and Science: Exploring Aliens, Ghosts, Monsters, the end of the world and other weird things. Bob is also on the web with his site the Skeptic’s Dictionary, which has been committed to “Exploring Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions since 1994.”