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“A superb scientist, McGuire has mastered understanding how body and brain interact. He shines a clarifying light on the puzzling and even infuriating issue of why countless people believe the strange, often-dangerous things they do. From marketing soft drinks to managing genocidal wars, the brain and its beliefs remain central. Believing will clarify how and why. It may even protect you.”
Lionel Tiger, Charles Darwin Professor of Anthropology (emeritus), Rutgers University

“Through analyses of the current neuroscience and numerous anecdotes...McGuire unpacks his topic in a consistently accessible and intriguing manner, and offers up some interesting conclusions.”
Publishers Weekly 

“From Christianity’s Jesus to Islam’s jihad, and from the conservative American Tea Party to the liberal MoveOn.org, what we believe with strong conviction biases our behavior in powerful and predictable ways. Written in an easy-to-understand, conversational style, Believing explains how this occurs. In On Human Nature, E. O. Wilson made the provocative statement, ‘Men, it appears, would rather believe than know.’ Now, almost forty years later, utilizing all the modern advances in neuroscience, Michael McGuire can explain why and, most importantly, how. An important book for any believer who now wants to know.”
Jay R. Feierman, editor and contributor, The Biology of Religious Behavior: The Evolutionary Origins of Faith and Religion

“Beliefs define who we are, organize our lives, influence our actions and affiliations, and pervade all human experience. What are these beliefs? How did they evolve, and how do they arise? What do they do, and how do they work? McGuire asks these fundamental questions and seeks answers in new findings from neuroscience and human evolution. He looks closely at ‘divides’ between beliefs’ content and evidence as well as at intransigent beliefs that persist despite disconfirming evidence and destructive effects. He asks what to do about the latter. This book is a must-read for those who want to better understand and deal with the core dilemmas of human living.”
John O. Beahrs, MD, professor emeritus of psychiatry, Oregon Health and Science University

About the Author

Michael McGuire, MD (Cottonwood, CA), is professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of California at Los Angeles. He is the coauthor of God's Brain (with Lionel Tiger), Darwinian Psychiatry(with A. Troisi), and ten other books. His distinguished academic career includes positions at Harvard Medical School, University of California Medical School, director of UCLA's non-human primate research facility for twenty years, and director of the Gruter Institute of Law and Behavior.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 267 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616148292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616148294
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really liked this book and would highly recommend it to anyone who wanted to understand people and how they interact. McGuire approaches Beliefs (with an emphasis on Divides) from a unique angle that works.

The author does a great job of explaining a fundamental cause of why things are the way they are in this world. I particularly liked the way he laid the groundwork in the beginning and the honest, candid and clear way he ended it.

A very interesting subject and a terrific book.
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Excellent. Recommended read.
A definite read for anyone with an interest in how the mind work --- especially one's own!
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This was a poorly-written, egocentric attempt to explain a fascinating subject. The author managed to make it boring.
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