The Believing Brain From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies---How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2012-08-07
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

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Bestselling author Shermer presents a comprehensive and provocative theory on how beliefs are born, formed, reinforced, challenged, changed, and extinguished.

Author Biography

Michael Shermer is the author of Why People Believe Weird Things, The Science of Good and Evil, and eight other books on the evolution of human beliefs and behavior. He is the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, the editor of Skeptic.com, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University. He lives in Southern California.

Table of Contents

Prologue: I Want to Believep. 1
Journeys of Belief
Mr. D'Arpino's Dilemmap. 11
Dr. Collins's Conversionp. 26
A SkepticĂs Journeyp. 37
The Biology of Belief
Patternicityp. 59
Agenticityp. 87
The Believing Neuronp. 111
Belief in Things Unseen
Belief in the Afterlifep. 141
Belief in Godp. 164
Belief in Aliensp. 188
Belief in Conspiraciesp. 207
Belief in Things Seen
Politics of Beliefp. 231
Confirmations of Beliefp. 256
Geographies of Beliefp. 280
Cosmologies of Beliefp. 304
Epilogue: The Truth Is Out Therep. 334
Notesp. 345
Acknowledgmentsp. 369
Indexp. 373
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