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Author Shermer, Michael.

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

Edition First edition.
Publication Info. New York : Times Books, 2011.
Location Call No. Status
 95th Street Adult Nonfiction  153.4 SHE    AVAILABLE
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Description xii, 385 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references 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.
Subject Belief and doubt.
Knowledge, Theory of.
Cognitive neuroscience.
ISBN 9780805091250
0805091254
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