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Belief Instinct The Psychology of Souls, Destiny, and the Meaning of Life

ISBN-10: 0393341267
ISBN-13: 9780393341263
Edition: N/A
Authors: Jesse Bering
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Description: Lively and brilliantly argued, The Belief Instinct explains the psychology behind belief. Drawing on surprising new studies as well as on literature, philosophy, and even pop culture, The Belief Instinct will reward readers with an enlightened  More...

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List price: $18.00
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/7/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.418
Language: English

Lively and brilliantly argued, The Belief Instinct explains the psychology behind belief. Drawing on surprising new studies as well as on literature, philosophy, and even pop culture, The Belief Instinct will reward readers with an enlightened understanding of belief—as well as the tools to break free of it.

Jesse Bering, PhD, is a frequent contributor to Scientific American and Slate. His writing has also appeared in New York magazine, The Guardian, and The New Republic, among other publications, and has been featured by NPR, Playboy Radio, the BBC, and more. The author of The God Instinct, Bering is the former director of the Institute of Cognition and Culture at Queen's University, Belfast, and began his career as a professor at the University of Arkansas. He lives in Ithaca, New York.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The History of an Illusion
A Life without Purpose
Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs
Curiously Immortal
When God Throws People Off Bridges
God as Adaptive Illusion
And Then You Die
Notes
Suggested Additional Reading
Index

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