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

ISBN-10: 0805074791

ISBN-13: 9780805074796

Edition: 2nd 2003 (Revised)

Authors: Michael Shermer

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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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List price: $25.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 10/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Michael Shermer is the director of the Skeptics Society and the host of the Skeptics Lecture Series at the California Institute of Technology. He teaches science, technology, and evolutionary thought in the Cultural Studies Program at Occidental College.

Preface: The God Questions: A Moral Dilemma for Dr. Laura
Introduction to the Paperback Edition
God and Belief
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 Empirical Study on a Deep Question
O Ye of Little Faith: Proofs of God and What They Tell Us about Faith
Religion and Science
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
What Does It Mean to Study Religion Scientifically? Or, How Social Scientists "Do" Science
Why People Believe in God - The Data and Statistics
A Bibliographic Essay on Theism, Atheism, and Why People Believe in God
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