Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast
The Evolutionary Origins of Belief
By (author) Lewis Wolpert
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Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast by Lewis Wolpert
Book DescriptionWhy do 70 percent of Americans believe in angels, while others are convinced that they were abducted by aliens? What makes people believe in improbable things when all the evidence points to the contrary? And don't almost all of us, at some time or another, engage in magical thinking?In Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast, evolutionary biologist Lewis Wolpert delves into the important and timely debate over the nature of belief, looking at its psychological foundations to discover just what evolutionary purpose it could serve. Wolpert takes us through all that science can tell us about the beliefs we feel are instinctive. He deftly explores different types of belief-those of children, of the religious, and of those suffering from psychiatric disorders-and he asks whether it is possible to live without belief, or whether it is a necessary component of a functioning society.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780393332032
(211mm x 142mm x 20mm)
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 30-May-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Lewis Wolpert
Principles of Development, Paperback (April 2015)
All the key principles of developmental biology that students need to know, which are underpinned throughout by experimental evidence, and an exploration of the molecular basis of the subject.
Why Can't a Woman be More Like a Man, Paperback (September 2014)
Why are there two sexes? How different are they and why? Why can't a woman be more like a man? Or should the question be: why can't a man be more like a woman? Controversy rages around sex and gender, but just what are the differences and how are they determined? This book deals with these questions.
Developmental Biology: A Very Short Introduction, Paperback (August 2011)
The development of a single fertilized egg into a fly, an elephant, or a human baby is one the most remarkable near-miracles achieved by nature. This Very Short Introduction, written by the distinguished developmental biologist Lewis Wolpert, gives a concise account of, and explores, one of the liveliest areas of scientific research.
How We Live and Why We Die, Paperback (February 2011)» View all books by Lewis Wolpert
Acclaimed biologist Lewis Wolpert eloquently narrates the basics of human life through the lens of its smallest component: the cell.
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Author Biography - Lewis Wolpert
Lewis Wolpert is Professor Emeritus of Biology as Applied to Medicine at University College, London. His books include Six Impossible Things before Breakfast, How We Live and Why We Die, and Malignant Sadness, the basis for a BBC television series.
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