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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:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Shermer 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.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Shermer
ISBN: 9780805091250 0805091254 9781250008800 1250008808
OCLC Number: 650019996
Description: xii, 385 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Mr. D'Arpino's dilemma --
Dr. Collins's conversion --
A skeptic's journey --
Patternicity --
Agenticity --
The believing neuron --
Belief in the afterlife --
Belief in god --
Belief in aliens --
Belief in conspiracies --
Politics of belief --
Confirmations of belief --
Geographies of belief --
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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"Michael Shermer has long been one of our most committed champions of scientific thinking in the face of popular delusion. In The Believing Brain, he has written a wonderfully lucid, accessible, and Read more...

 
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