The Belief Instinct: The Psychology of Souls, Destiny, and the Meaning of Life

The Belief Instinct: The Psychology of Souls, Destiny, and the Meaning of Life

by Jesse Bering

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Top 25 Books of 2011 by the American Library Association, Choice Reviews

Named one of the 11 Best Psychology Books of 2011 by The Atlantic


"A balanced and considered approach to this often inflammatory topic." —Nature


Lively and brilliantly argued, The Belief Instinct explains the psychology behind belief. Drawing on surprising new studies as well as on literature, philosophy, and even pop culture, The Belief Instinct will reward readers with an enlightened understanding of belief—as well as the tools to break free of it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393341263
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/20/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 606,948
Product dimensions: 5.58(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Jesse Bering, Ph.D., is a frequent contributor to Scientific American, Slate, and Das Magazin. His work has also appeared in New York Magazine, The Guardian, and The New Republic, and has been featured on NPR, the BBC, Playboy Radio, and more. Bering is the former director of the Institute of Cognition and Culture at Queen's University, Belfast, and began his career as a professor at the University of Arkansas. He lives near Ithaca, New York.

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Bering is an absolutely hilarious author, offering an introduction to multiple areas of psychology without losing the reader's interest. I definitely recommend reading this book, but if you are a particularly religious person... try to keep an open mind.