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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.
“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
“Well-researched, comprehensive, and persuasive. How We Believe is especially notable in stressing the great power of narration as the vehicle of complex thought.”
—Edward O. Wilson, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Consilience, Research Professor and Honorary Curator in Entomology, Harvard University
“Ranges eloquently and learnedly over broad areas of philosophy, theology, and science.”
“An insightful tour de force… 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 which makes us who we are perhaps unique creatures in the universe.”
—Professor Donald Johanson, Director, Institute of Human Origins, author of Lucy, Lucy’s Child, and From Lucy to Language
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