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The believing brain : from ghost to gods to politics and conspiracies--how we construct beliefs and reinforce them as truths / Michael Shermer.

Shermer, Michael (Author).

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Summary:

Shermer demonstrates how our brains selectively assess data in an attempt to confirm the conclusions (beliefs) we've already reached. Drawing on evolution, cognitive science, and neuroscience, he considers not only supernatural beliefs but political and economic ones as well.
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Cook Memorial Library - La Grande 153.4 S553 (Text) 35178001447484 Adult Non-Fiction Book None 08/08/2014 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250008800
  • Physical Description: x, 385 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
  • Edition: 1st St. Martin's Griffin ed.
  • Publisher: New York : St. Michael's Griffin, 2012, c2011.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. {345}-368) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue: I want to believe -- pt. 1.: Journeys of belief -- 1. Mr. D'Arpino's dilemma -- 2. Dr. Collins's conversion -- 3. A skeptic's journey -- pt. II: The biology of belief -- 4. Patternicity --5. Agenticity -- 6. The believing neuron -- pt. III: Belief in things unseen -- 7. Belief in the afterlife -- 8. Belief in God -- 9. Belief in aliens -- 10. Belief in conspiracies -- pt. IV: Belief in things seen -- 11. Politics of belief -- 12. Confirmations of belief -- 13. Geographies of belief -- 14. Cosmologies of belief -- Epilogue: The truth is out there.
Summary, etc.:
Shermer demonstrates how our brains selectively assess data in an attempt to confirm the conclusions (beliefs) we've already reached. Drawing on evolution, cognitive science, and neuroscience, he considers not only supernatural beliefs but political and economic ones as well.
Subject: Belief and doubt
Knowledge, Theory of
Cognitive neuroscience

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