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The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies — How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths

Authors:
Michael Shermer (author) and Mark Abrams (covers)
Language:
English
Publisher:
Times Books
Categories:
Psychology and science
Publication year:
2011
ISBN:
978-0-8050-9125-0
Pages:
385
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Table of Contents:
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  • Prologue: I Want to Believe

Part I: Journeys of Belief

  • 1. Mr. D'Arpino's Dilemma
  • 2. Dr. Collins's Conversion
  • 3. A Skeptic's Journey

Part II: The Biology of Belief

  • 4. Patternicity
  • 5. Agenticity
  • 6. The Believing Neuron

Part III: Belief in Things Unseen

  • 7. Belief in the Afterlife
  • 8. Belief in God
  • 9. Belief in Aliens
  • 10. Belief in Conspiracies

Part 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
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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