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    DescriptionA 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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    Title
    How We Believe
    Subtitle
    Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Michael Shermer
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780805074796
    ISBN 10: 0805074791
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.7
    B&T Merchandise Category: REL
    B&T General Subject: 690
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: PD
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: HRAB1
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: SCI075000
    BIC subject category V2: HRQ
    Libri: I-RK
    BISAC V2.8: PSY031000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25340
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A13130000
    Ingram Subject Code: RK
    BISAC V2.8: SCI000000
    DC21: 215
    LC subject heading:
    Abridged Dewey: 215
    DC22: 215
    BISAC V2.8: REL106000
    LC classification: BL240.3.S5, BL240.3 .S545 2003
    Thema V1.0: PD, QRAB1, QRY
    Edition
    2
    Edition statement
    2nd edition
    Publisher
    Henry Holt & Company Inc
    Imprint name
    Henry Holt & Company Inc
    Publication date
    15 December 2003
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    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.
    Review quote
    "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"