The Biology of Belief: How Our Biology Biases Our Beliefs and Perceptions

Front Cover
Rosetta Press, Inc., 2000 - Psychology - 349 pages
1 Review
The Biology of Belief examines how our less than perfectly adapted brains cope with today's world. Among the things considered are how our brain biology biases our perceptions, organizes ignorance into belief systems, predisposes us to believe in supernatural spirits and permits others to manipulate our beliefs. The human brain evolved over millions of years to cope with survival and reproduction in the rudimentary world of our primitive ancestors. Inasmuch as our brain biology formed to cope with this ancient world, it should be no surprise that it has a few problems in dealing with the complexities of modern life. The process by which we come to believe something new involves a labyrinth of thought-influencing biological and other factors. In attempting to understand this labyrinth and its effect on how we acquire beliefs, this work addresses a number of considerations including memes. Other elements considered are brain module interactions, neurotransmitters, inborn biological predispositions and the interdependence of belief and perception. Together with other factors, they collectively comprise the biology of belief. The book is a synthesis that explains biological evolution, memes and genetic algorithms (creatures that evolve in computer environments) as specific cases of the more general concept of self-organizing knowledge.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

http://www.hantang.com/chinese/ch_Articles/clinictraining131.htm
talk about the book.
If have time, read this book 

Contents

The Genesis of Mind Selforganizing Knowledge
59
Chapter 6
99
Chapter 7
113
Section 2
124
Chapter 8
133
Chapter 9
153
The Battle for our Psychogenes
231
DNA Sequence Guessing Computer Program
281
Limbic Brain
289
Bibliography
315
Acknowledgments
323
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

Blind Faith
Morn Du Toit
Limited preview - 2009

Bibliographic information