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How we believe : science, skepticism, and the search for God

Author: Michael Shermer
Publisher: New York : H. Holt, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"Drawing on studies that bring scientific fact to such phenomena as out-of-body experiences, coincidence, and extrasensory perception, best-selling author and science historian Michael Shermer dissects the workings of the human mind, exploring how and why humans put their faith in a higher power, create rules of morality, turn to apocalyptic myths, and negotiate compromises between science and religion. In this new  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Shermer
ISBN: 0805074791 9780805074796
OCLC Number: 51755850
Notes: "A W.H. Freeman/Owl book."
Description: xxxii, 330 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Preface : the God question : a moral dilemma for Dr. Laura --
Introduction to the paperback edition --
Do you believe in God? : the difference in our answers and the difference it makes --
Is God dead? : why Nietzsche and Time magazine were wrong --
The belief engine : how we believe --
Why people believe in God : an emprical study on a deep question --
O ye of little faith : proofs of God and what they tell us about faith --
In a mirror dimly, then face to face : faith, reason, and the relationship of religion and science --
The storytelling animal : myth, morality, and the evolution of religion --
God and the ghost dance : the eternal return of the messiah myth --
The fire that will cleanse : millennial meanings and the end of the world --
Glorious contingency : Gould's dangerous idea and the search for meaning in the age of science --
Afterword to the second edition : God on the brain --
Appendix 1. What does it mean to study religion scientifically? : or, how social scientists "do" science --
Appendix 2. Why people believe in God --
the data and statistics --
A bibliographic essay on theism, atheism, and why people believe in God.
Responsibility: Michael Shermer.
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"Drawing on studies that bring scientific fact to such phenomena as out-of-body experiences, coincidence, and extrasensory perception, best-selling author and science historian Michael Shermer dissects the workings of the human mind, exploring how and why humans put their faith in a higher power, create rules of morality, turn to apocalyptic myths, and negotiate compromises between science and religion. In this new edition, Shermer explores findings and theories from neuroscientists, psychiatrists, and epidemiologists, as well as recent polls on religious belief, to illuminate how reason and skepticism can shape our understanding of the universe and our place in it. An all-new afterword covers the latest scientific research on how the brain makes us believers or skeptics."--Jacket.

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