Saturday, June 11, 2011

Michael Shermer - The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies

“Michael Shermer has long been one of our most committed champions of scientific thinking in the face of popular delusion. In The Believing Brain, he has written a wonderfully lucid, accessible, and wide-ranging account of the boundary between justified and unjustified belief. We have all fallen more deeply in his debt.”
Sam Harris

In this work synthesizing thirty years of research, psychologist, historian of science, and the world's best-known skeptic Michael Shermer upends the traditional thinking about how humans form beliefs about the world. Simply put, beliefs come first and explanations for beliefs follow. The brain, Shermer argues, is a belief engine. From sensory data flowing in through the senses, the brain naturally begins to look for and find patterns, and then infuses those patterns with meaning. Our brains connect the dots of our world into meaningful patterns that explain why things happen, and these patterns become beliefs. Once beliefs are formed the brain begins to look for and find confirmatory evidence in support of those beliefs, which accelerates the process of reinforcing them, and round and round the process goes in a positive-feedback loop of belief confirmation. Shermer outlines the numerous cognitive tools our brains engage to reinforce our beliefs as truths. Amazon

File size: 6.35 MB
Format: pdf/epub/mobi

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psybermonkey said...

been waiting to read this, thanks!!

lunatic said...

great, thank you!

MattSolano said...
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MattSolano said...

Thanks for the e-book. Is there any chance of seeing the audio book here?

Grotesque Soulthorn said...

Great book. Thanks

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