How We Believe, 2nd Edition: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God
Henry Holt and Company, Oct 1, 2003 - Psychology - 330 pages
A new edition covering the latest scientific research on how the brain makes us believers or skeptics
Recent polls report that 96 percent of Americans believe in God, and 73 percent believe that angels regularly visit Earth. Why is this? Why, despite the rise of science, technology, and secular education, are people turning to religion in greater numbers than ever before? Why do people believe in God at all?
These provocative questions lie at the heart of How We Believe , an illuminating study of God, faith, and religion. Bestselling author Michael Shermer offers fresh and often startling insights into age-old questions, including how and why humans put their faith in a higher power, even in the face of scientific skepticism. Shermer has updated the book to explore the latest research and theories of psychiatrists, neuroscientists, epidemiologists, and philosophers, as well as the role of faith in our increasingly diverse modern world.
Whether believers or nonbelievers, we are all driven by the need to understand the universe and our place in it. How We Believe is a brilliant scientific tour of this ancient and mysterious desire.
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Review: How We Believe: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for GodUser Review - Socraticgadfly - Goodreads
Not bad, but an urban legend oops and a caveat On page 220, Shermer repeats one version of the QWERTY myth when he says the normal typewriter layout was "designed for nineteenth-century typewriters ... Read full review
Review: How We Believe: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for GodUser Review - Alex Ristea - Goodreads
Michael Shermer is the founding editor of Skeptic Magazine and holds a Ph.D. in history of science. This book take a deep, deep look at the fundamental, scientific reasons why we, as humans, tend to ... Read full review
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