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  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris (November 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441587276
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441587275
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,110,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a very worthwhile read for sure.
S. Mann
An excellent book and what else would we expect from Rahasya Poe, who with his wife, Dhara Lemos, are co-publishers of THE LOTUS GUIDE magazine..
M. LOVE
The research in this book is thorough and up-to-date.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joyful Changes on February 19, 2010
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The research in this book is thorough and up-to-date. The interviews of leading edge thinkers are very valuable reading; the subjects are wide-ranging and interesting and the quotes are marvelous. Part of the book is laid out in a question/answer format which is very effective. This is the book I wish I had been able to read when I was a teenager and was trying to decide what I believed, having rejected the hellfire and brimstone teachings of the local Baptist church. This is the book I wish had been available 40 years later when I was rejecting the ultra conservative Republican programming that I grew up with. Every subject that is covered in this book is timely. Rahasya has brought together ideas and research that most people know nothing about, such as the Sitchin work. As the Australians would say, "Good ON Ya!" If you're ready to think for yourself, you can't go wrong with this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bill Tucker on March 18, 2010
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As I read the first 2 parts of this book on the Social & Neurological consequences that our belief systems have on us I was amazed at the thought that went into this and the information almost seemed catalytic somehow because it made me start thinking again about these things that for far too long I have simply accepted. The social consequences are in our face today especially when dealing with religious and political beliefs but the neurological consequences were undeniable and new and well documented with HeartMath research and fMRI studies by neuroscientists. When you read what someone like Dr. Andrew Newberg say that the maintenance of belief systems that produce anger cause brain damage in the form of atrophy you really need to take notice, especially when you see the evidence.
But where this book really takes an interesting turn is Part III called "Rewriting Human History." Having a background in archeology I am familiar with the Sumerian clay tablets and what they say but for some reason I never connected the dots between pre-Sumerain civilizations and the influence they had on the first 5 books of the Bible. I mean if we are going to disassemble beliefs what better way than to show through the latest archiological evidence how those early writings are just copied and edited down versions of much much older stories. At first I got hung up on whether or not those Sumerian stories were true or not and realized that it doesn't matter, what matters is that they predate the Torah by centuries if not millennia. This does truly rewrite our human history which is actually a Biblical history that we have blindly accepted. Plus, it's the very "key" to solving the missing link in evolution where the Intelligent Design supporters come in and say ha ha, here is the proof of a designer.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. LOVE on May 19, 2010
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An excellent book and what else would we expect from Rahasya Poe, who with his wife, Dhara Lemos, are co-publishers of THE LOTUS GUIDE magazine..During interviews with cutting-edge thinkers, scientists, and healers, Rahasya Poe received the inspiration to document some of the social and neurological consequences of belief systems. As Rahasya has been on a spiritual quest for many years and has integrated these principles into his own life combining heart with mind, TO BELIEVE OR NOT TO BELIEVE contains many "aha" moments to aid our own awakening!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By GreggM on March 7, 2010
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I essentially sent this same review to Mr. Poe: With some reservations, I LOVE this book. So much of it is so well-written, well-documented and well thought out. It cuts through so much of the irrational and delusional thinking that surrounds us, and does it in a compassionate and understanding way. Poe interviewed some people who obviously would not agree with his rejection of the supernatural, but I think each of them had something to contribute the evolution of spirituality.

That said, I wish Poe had gone with his gut instinct and left the extra-terrestial hypotheses out...perhaps fleshing that out in another book. Here it struck me as out of place. How did we get here and where did we come from is a great question of course. I suppose it is possible (though quite unlikely if you look at the logistics of space travel, speed of light limitations, energy required, etc.) that we have been visited by beings from somewhere else. But the idea (which Poe curiously back up with scriptural references, despite his earlier analysis of how unreliable scripture really is) strikes me as another example of the "god of the gaps" approach to things (i.e., if you don't understand how something works, then the Divine must have had a hand in it...if the history of science shows anything, it is that we get nowhere by labeling our ignorance as God, and furthermore, any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.) Plus, never mind that if an intelligent being from another place showed up here, the likelihood that it resembled us in any form or substance would be infinitesimally small, but there is the added problem of how--without any good direction--they would identify us as the most interesting species on which to focus attention.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael Peter Langevin on December 15, 2009
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Testimonials

Rahasya's detailed exploration of "belief" and the various ways
in which it keeps us locked in destructive modes of thinking and
experiencing life is a wonderful addition to the modern spiritual
library. Reading the book itself is an interesting exercise in watching
the way "beliefs" operate in our lives. He explores a wide range of
themes from an even wider collection of viewpoints. As the Buddha
said, "Find out for yourself what is true."
Bill Martin, The Parent's Tao Te Ching (as seen on Oprah's Book Club)

"Why do we believe what we believe? Poe asks this critical question at
a very critical time in history and delves deeply into a mind-boggling
examination of the neurology of belief and the sociological
consequences and implications for our future. The book covers the
spiritual, scientific, and psychological origins of belief, including the
influence of the world's great religions, with input from scientists,
researchers, and spiritual leaders on how we can change those beliefs
to empower ourselves, humanity, and the planet. The author devotes
ample time to the neuroscience behind belief and comes to the
stunning realization that our beliefs do indeed affect our brains, often
with negative results. Poe's book is a comprehensive and enlightening
look at what we have come to believe, personally and collectively, and
why we must challenge the paradigms that no longer serve us."
Marie D. Jones, author of 2013: End of Days or A New Beginning?
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