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Shermer, Michael
The believing brain : from ghosts and gods to politics and conspiracies--how we construct beliefs and reinforce them as truths / Michael Shermer
1st ed
New York : Times Books, c2011
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  BF773 .S54 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Belief and doubt
Knowledge, Theory of
Truth
Cognitive neuroscience
Physical Description xii, 385 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [345]-368) and index
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
Contents Mr. D'Arpino's dilemma -- Dr. Collins's conversion -- A skeptic's journey -- Patternicity -- Agenticity -- The believing neuron -- Belief in the afterlife -- Belief in god -- Belief in aliens -- Belief in conspiracies -- Politics of belief -- Confirmations of belief -- Geographies of belief -- Cosmologies of belief -- Epilogue: the truth is out there

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