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How We Believe: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God (Second Edition)

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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.

Michael Shermer is the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine (www.skeptic.com), the director of the Skeptics Society, the host of the Skeptics Lecture Series at the California Institute of Technology, and a contributing editor of and monthly columnist for Scientific American. Author of the bestselling Why People Believe Weird Things, Denying History, and The Borderlands of Science.

Recent polls report that 96 percent of Americans believe in God, and 73 percent believe that angels frequently visit Earth. People are turning to religion in greater numbers than in recent generations. Even with the rise of science, technology, and secular education, people believe. Why?

Drawing on studies that bring scientific fact to such phenomena as out-of-body experiences, coincidence, and extraordinary perception, science historian Michael Shermer dissects the workings of the human mind, exploring how and why humans put their faith in a higher power, create rules of morality, turn to apocalyptic myths, and negotiate compromises between science and religion. In this new edition, Shermer explores findings and theories from neuroscientists, as well as recent polls on religious belief, to illuminate how reason and skepticism can shape our understanding of the universe and out place in it. An all-new afterword covers the latest scientific research on how the brain make us believers or skeptics.

"Well-researched, comprehensive, and persuasive. How We Believe is especially notable in stressing the great power of narration as the vehicle of complex thought . . . The humanistic, evolutionary explanation may in fact be ready to break out of the intellectually remote domain in which it has been developed and too long hemmed-in."Edward O. Wilson, Harvard University, author of Consilience

"Well-researched, comprehensive, and persuasive. How We Believe is especially notable in stressing the great power of narration as the vehicle of complex thought . . . The humanistic, evolutionary explanation may in fact be ready to break out of the intellectually remote domain in which it has been developed and too long hemmed-in."Edward O. Wilson, Harvard University, author of Consilience

"This is an important book, which is at the same time a great read. Michael Shermer digs into the American religious psyche with devastating logic and intensity . . . Too often politeness (or cowardice) prevents people from asking questions or from expressing dissent. No such barriers stand in the way of Shermer's acute intellect, the more powerful since he so obviously cares about the issues on which he writes. I love his discussions of God and morality and when I disagree, I simply want to argue the more."Michael Ruse, University of Guelph, author of Taking Darwin Seriously

"Shermer's latest contribution is an insightful tour de force that will no doubt provoke virtually everyone who reads it. Those who approach this intriguing and informative book with a receptive mind will come away with a much deeper appreciation for the wonderful interplay of biology and culture that makes us who we areperhaps unique creatures in the universe."Donald Johanson, Director of the Institute of Human Origins, author of From Lucy to Language

"Those who enjoyed Michael Shermer's acclaimed Why People Believe Weird Things will welcome the extension of his critical but balanced study of the belief in God . . . Insightful, intriguing, and enlightening."American Scientist

"This book will convince and delight all who are not chronically averse to opening their minds and thinking for themselves."Richard Dawkins, author of Unweaving the Rainbow

"[How We Believe] is unusually useful . . . It sheds unique light on the interior life of a well-informed atheist today, and may foreshadow a new spirit of amity and mutual inquiry."The Washington Post Book World

"[Shermer] brilliantly explores our propensity to be story-telling animals."Natural History

"Shermer marches bravely into the arena where theists, atheists, and agnostics argue their views . . . Ranges eloquently and learned over broad areas of philosophy, theology, and science [to summarize] 'the God Question' and why we hold these opinions."Scientific American

"[Shermer's] human understanding of the roots of faith is no insult to those of another persuasion. My hope is that plenty of people, reading the title of this book and its subtitle, will pick it up rather than the latest Hal Lindsey on the shelf below. Herein lies enlightenment."The Times of Acadiana

"Anyone interested in contemporary discussions on science and religion will find this book immensely helpful."Science Book & Film

"Although Shermer's arguments will probably not be decisive for debates between nonbelievers and believers, both will be able to appreciate this readable and generally fair-minded treatment of a subject that often provokes contentious dispute."Publishers Weekly

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"Ranges eloquently and learnedly over broad areas of philosophy, theology, and science." --Scientific American

Synopsis:

Recent polls show that 96% of Americans believe in God. Why are people turning to religion in greater numbers than ever before? In How We Believe , Michael Shermer presents the results of an exhaustive empirical study in which he asked 10,000 Americans how and why they believe and about details of their faith. The result offers fresh and startling insights into age-old questions.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Michael Shermer is the publisher of Skeptic magazine, the director of the Skeptics Society, and host of the Skeptics Lecture Series at the California Institute of Technology. Author of the bestselling Why People Believe Weird Thing, he teaches the history of science, technology, and evolutionary thought at Occidental College. He livesin Los Angeles, California.

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crowyhead, December 6, 2007 (view all comments by crowyhead)
Michael Shermer doesn't have a problem with you if you believe in God. What he has a problem with is the way that some people (he mainly focuses on Christians here) try to use science to prove God's existence. Moreso, they use BAD science with little understanding of the scientific method, and that really rankles.

This is a really interesting book to read if you're curious about the history of the intersection of God and science, and if you are looking for something less adamantly atheistic than Hitchens or Dawkins, this is a good place to start. The book isn't without faults; it focuses pretty much exclusively on science and Christianity in the United States, and I would have liked to see explorations of how other cultures handle this split. I also would have liked more in-depth exploration of how individuals who are both religious and scientifically-minded negotiate this, but overall I found it extremely readable and thought-provoking.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805074796
Author:
Shermer, Michael
Publisher:
Holt McDougal
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Social Psychology
Subject:
Faith and reason
Subject:
Religion and science
Subject:
Religion & Science
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Religion Miscellaneous-Religion and Science
Subject:
Religion World-Religion and Science
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Second Edition
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
20030931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
38 bandw illustrations
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.42 x 5.49 x 1 in

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Recent polls show that 96% of Americans believe in God. Why are people turning to religion in greater numbers than ever before? In How We Believe , Michael Shermer presents the results of an exhaustive empirical study in which he asked 10,000 Americans how and why they believe and about details of their faith. The result offers fresh and startling insights into age-old questions.

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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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