Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast: The Evolutionary Origins of Belief

Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast: The Evolutionary Origins of Belief

by Lewis Wolpert (Author)

Synopsis

Why does every society around the world have a religious tradition of some sort? Professor Lewis Wolpert investigates the nature of belief and its causes. He looks at belief's psychological basis and its possible evolutionary origins in physical cause and effect. Wolpert explores the different types of belief - including that of animals, of children, of the religious, and of those suffering from psychiatric disorders. And he asks whether it is possible to live without belief at all, or whether it is a necessary component of a functioning society.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
Edition: Main
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Published: 04 Jan 2007

ISBN 10: 0571231683
ISBN 13: 9780571231683
Book Overview: Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast: The Evolutionary Origins of Belief by Lewis Wolpert is a groundbreaking popular science book, examining the evolutionary origins of belief.

Media Reviews
'Brilliant and persuasive search for the source of our need to believe.' Sunday Times
Author Bio
Lewis Wolpert is a distinguished embryologist and an accomplished broadcaster. He is Professor of Biology as Applied to Medicine at University College, London, and has taken part in numerous radio programmes, particularly interviews with other scientists. A CBE and a Fellow of the Royal Society, he was chairman of the Committee on the Public Understanding of Science for four years. He is the author of A Passion for Science and Passionate Minds (with Alison Richards), and The Triumph of the Embryo. For Faber, he has written The Unnatural Nature of Science.