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"Recent, often bitter, debates have lacked a scientific take on religion that is not at the same time trying to destroy it. This lively, creative account helps fill that gap. It may even help you with your own trials of faith" --MELVIN KONNER, author of The Tangled Wing: Biological Constraints on the Human Spirit and the forthcoming The Evolution of Childhood: Relationships, Emotion, Mind.
"With economy, evidence and no little wit and elegance, Lionel Tiger and Michael McGuire look for the answer to religion's ubiquity and persistence in the only place possible: the human brain. To say more would be to give away their answer, and that would spoil a great read and a serious and informative argument. This is easily the best book on the nature of religion to appear for a long time." --ROBIN FOX, University Professor of Social Theory, Rutgers University
"Tiger and McGuire have concocted an amazing and insightful look - based on sound science - into how the human brain 'seeks' religion. The book beautifully describes how belief, ritual, and socialization within a closed group work together to help humans survive the stresses of everyday life." --R. CURTIS ELLISON, MD, professor of Medicine & Public Health, Boston University School of Medicine
"If God's Brain sounds whimsically paradoxical, it is only because the authors believe that most people of faith have been looking for God in all the wrong places. The authors suggest that religious believers should look inward, rather than outward, to find God. The book is a well-written, easy to read, unique perspective on religion. Yes, God has a brain. The book will captivate all but the piously religious faint-of-heart." --JAY R. FEIERMAN. Editor, The Biology of Religious Behavior: The Evolutionary Origins of Faith and Religion.
Lionel Tiger (New York, NY) is the bestselling author of Men in Groups, The Imperial Animal (with Robin Fox), The Pursuit of Pleasure, Optimism: The Biology of Hope, and The Decline of Males. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, Harvard Business Review, and Brain and Behavioral Science. He is the Charles Darwin Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University.
Michael McGuire, MD (Cottonwood, CA), is the author or editor of ten books, including Believing: The Neuroscience of Fantasies, Fears, and Convictions and Darwinian Psychiatry (with A. Troisi). He is the president of the Biomedical Research Foundation, director of the Bradshaw Foundation and the Gruter Institute of Law and Behavior, and a trustee of the International Society of Human Ethology. Formerly, he was a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the University of California at Los Angeles and editor of Ethology and Sociobiology.
A little long winded to get to the concept, but still relly good.Published 9 months ago by antowan batts
When books of just over 200 pages, little bitter than paperback dimensions, have list prices of $25, publishers and booksellers have no reason to throw hissy fits. Read morePublished on September 10, 2010 by S. J. Snyder
Naturally a difficult book to read but well worth the effort for those who seek reasons for the strange habits of the mind. Read morePublished on July 12, 2010 by Chris Wood
"What if it is discovered that the source and essence of [religious] identity results not from theological commitment and texts but form operations of the brain? Read morePublished on May 23, 2010 by J. C. W. West
Lionel Tiger and Michael McQuire have provided a carefully balanced presentation of the evidence for the evolution of religion. Read morePublished on May 18, 2010 by R. Hugh Cunningham
Two authors radically change the typical discussion of the existence of God and the nature of religion, considering the purpose and needs of religion, its source, and why every... Read morePublished on May 14, 2010 by Midwest Book Review
Over the past ten years a series of books have claimed that people with serious religious affiliations are mentally deranged. Read morePublished on May 6, 2010 by Nancy Brown
I heard Buckminster Fuller talk shortly before he died. When he said that our greatest danger was from religion, at the same time President Reagan was declaring the Soviet Union... Read morePublished on April 21, 2010 by Michael Cogan
A fascinating discourse on how religion is to the brain as jogging is to the legs. Refreshing and readable.Published on April 17, 2010 by Alexander C. Sanger