How We Believe, 2nd Edition

Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God

Michael Shermer; With a new afterword

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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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Part IGOD AND BELIEFR. Buckminster Fuller

Sometimes I think we’re alone.
Sometimes I think we’re not.
In either case, the thought is quite staggering.Chapter 1DO YOU BELIEVE IN GOD?The Difference in Our Answers and the Difference It Makes


The word God is used in most cases as by no means a term of science or exact knowledge, but a term of poetry and eloquence, a term thrown out, so to speak, as a not fully grasped object of the speaker’s consciousness,—a literary term, in short; and mankind mean different things by it as their consciousness differs.

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Praise for How We Believe, 2nd Edition

"Unusually useful . . . may foreshadow a new spirit of amity and mutual inquiry." -Washington Post Book World

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

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Michael Shermer; With a new afterword

Michael Shermer is the author of The Believing Brain, Why People Believe Weird Things, The Science of Good and Evil, The Mind Of The Market, Why Darwin Matters, Science Friction, How We Believe and other books on the evolution of human beliefs and behavior. He is the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, the editor of Skeptic.com, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University. He lives in Southern California.

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How We Believe, 2nd Edition
Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God
Michael Shermer; With a new afterword

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Henry Holt and Co.
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October 2003
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ISBN: 9781429996747
ISBN10: 1429996749
368 pages, Includes thirty-eight black-and-white illustrations
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March 2003
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ISBN: 9781593972288
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October 2003
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ISBN: 9780805074796
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5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages, Includes thirty-eight black-and-white illustrations
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