The Mind Club: Who Thinks, What Feels and Why it Matters is on the hot new releases list at Amazon. As one reviewer says, Mind Club performs the magic of putting us “in the minds of others.” 2paragraphs caught up with the author, Dr. Kurt Gray, a professor of psychology at UNC Chapel Hill. We had one question.
2paragraphs: The Mind Club is already highly ranked at Amazon and having an impact. Why do you think the book is connecting with people?
Kurt Gray: Because it suggests that the world is not what it seems. We typically think about minds as an objective fact, but our book reveals that they are a matter of perception. Whether another person–or an animal, machine or vegetative patient–can think or feel is up to you. That minds are perceived can help explain the debate about abortion, why suffering leads to religious belief, and how good deeds make us physically more powerful.