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By Michael Shermer

A brand new variation masking the newest clinical learn on how the mind makes us believers or skepticsRecent polls record that ninety six percentage of american citizens think in God, and seventy three percentage think that angels on a regular basis stopover at Earth. Why is that this? Why, regardless of the increase of technology, know-how, and secular schooling, are humans turning to faith in higher numbers than ever sooner than? Why do humans think in God in any respect? those provocative questions lie on the middle of the way We think , an illuminating examine of God, religion, and faith. Bestselling writer Michael Shermer deals clean and infrequently startling insights into age-old questions, together with how and why people positioned their religion in a better strength, even within the face of medical skepticism. Shermer has up-to-date the e-book to discover the newest examine and theories of psychiatrists, neuroscientists, epidemiologists, and philosophers, in addition to the function of religion in our more and more different smooth world.Whether believers or nonbelievers, we're all pushed by way of the necessity to comprehend the universe and our position in it. How We think is an excellent clinical journey of this historical and mysterious hope.

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Because humans are storytelling animals, a deeper aspect of the God Question involves the origins and purposes of myth and religion in human history and culture, the subject of the seventh, eighth, and ninth chapters. Why is there an eternal return of certain mythic themes in religion, such as messiah myths, flood myths, creation myths, destruction myths, redemption myths, and end of the world myths? What do these recurring themes tell us about the workings of the human mind and culture? What can we learn from these myths beyond the moral homilies offered in their narratives?

This is a breathtaking vision of nature, magnificent and uplifting in its majestic sweep. I hope it is correct. It would be wonderful if it were correct. Indeed, it would be wonderful. But not any more wonderful than if it were not correct. If life on Earth is unique, or at least exceptionally rare (and in either case certainly not inevitable, as I demonstrate in the final chapter), how special is our fleeting Mayfly-like existence; how important it is that we make the most of our lives and our loves; how critical it is that we work to preserve not only our own species, but all species and the ecosystem itself.

Freeman and Company (as well as Diane Maass, Peter McGuigan, and all the folks in production at this fine publishing house); as well as Louise Ketz and Simone Cooper; and for taking the time to read individual chapters or provide valuable feedback on my thinking I thank Richard Abanes, Michele Bonnice, Richard Dawkins, Jared Diamond, Richard Elliott Friedman, Ursula Goodenough, Alex Grobman, Donald Johanson, Elizabeth Knoll, J. Gordon Melton, Massimo Pigliucci, Michael Ruse, Eugenie Scott, Nancy Segal, Frank Tipler, Bob Trivers, Edward O.

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