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The believing brain : from ghosts and gods to politics and conspiracies--how we construct beliefs and reinforce them as truths

Author: Michael Shermer
Publisher: New York : Times Books, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In this book the author demonstrates how our brains selectively assess data in an attempt to confirm the conclusions (beliefs) we've already reached. Drawing on evolution, cognitive science, and neuroscience, he considers not only supernatural beliefs but political and economic ones as well. Synthesizing thirty years of research, the author, a psychologist and science historian, upends the traditional thinking  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Shermer
ISBN: 9780805091250 0805091254
OCLC Number: 650019996
Description: xii, 385 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Prologue: I want to believe --
pt. 1.: Journeys of belief --
1. Mr. D'Arpino's dilemma --
2. Dr. Collins's conversion --
3. A skeptic's journey --
pt. II: The biology of belief --
4. Patternicity --5. Agenticity --
6. The believing neuron --
pt. III: Belief in things unseen --
7. Belief in the afterlife --
8. Belief in God --
9. Belief in aliens --
10. Belief in conspiracies --
pt. IV: Belief in things seen --
11. Politics of belief --
12. Confirmations of belief --
13. Geographies of belief --
14. Cosmologies of belief --
Epilogue: The truth is out there.
Responsibility: Michael Shermer.
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Synthesizing thirty years of research, the author (the world's best-known skeptic) upends the traditional thinking about how humans form beliefs about the world. Simply put, beliefs come first and  Read more...

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