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To Believe Or Not To Believe: The Social and Neurological Consequences of Belief Systems: The Social and Neurological Consequences of Belief Systems Paperback – November 6, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
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My gratitude to Rahasya Poe for this most important and insightful book. This text is an important read for all that want to better comprehend how belief systems greatly influence... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dane Wigington
The book made some good points, however the writer was not up to speed on world history and Bible savvy so some of the conclusions were (from my point of view) erroneous. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bob Cale
To believe or not to believe.
An excellent book. To the point. Many more should read this book; it may change their mind.
The author defines spirituality and religious as mutually exclusive. When he compares them he only refers to religious as related to the Abrahamic religions, and not the eastern... Read morePublished on November 18, 2012 by Iraja Sivadas
Yet another product that was given as a gift. I don't have it or plan to obtain it for reading. I send too many gifts my brother never tells me if he likes them or notPublished on October 9, 2011 by trucker
This book "To Believe or not To Believe" by Rahasya Poe is simply an inquiry into mysteries small and big. You will learn new things. Read morePublished on June 28, 2011 by Peter Joe Sanchez
rahasya poe has written an excellent book on beliefs and the need to critically examine our own. the book is a compilation of poe's writing, and interviews with a variety of... Read morePublished on June 17, 2011 by Joseph L. Kolb
These are moments when we are awake to higher consciousness through books such as this. The sublime wisdom and thoughts of various masters of higher consciousness pierced together... Read morePublished on May 28, 2011 by LightVisionary