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How We Believe: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God

How We Believe: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God

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By (author) Michael Shermer

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  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Company Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 206mm x 28mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 15 December 2003
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0805074791
  • ISBN 13: 9780805074796
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd edition
  • Sales rank: 142,390

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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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Author information

Michael Shermer is the author of "The Believing Brain," "Why People Believe Weird Things," "The Science of Good and Evil," "The Mind Of The Market," "Why Darwin Matters," "Science Friction," "How We Believe" and 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.

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"Unusually useful . . . may foreshadow a new spirit of amity and mutual inquiry." "-Washington Post Book World" "Ranges eloquently and learnedly over broad areas of philosophy, theology, and science.""-Scientific American"