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The Believing Brain #2

February 9, 2012


Michael Shermer’s The Believing Brain is worth a read. He makes the point that the brain is a ‘believing machine’, and acknowledges that many or most of our truths are constructions of the believing brain that may have little or no relationship to ‘reality’. He notes that our brains are the most complex and sophisticated […]

The believing brain

February 5, 2012


In a new book, The Believing Brain, Micheal Shermer says: “We form our beliefs for a variety of subjective, personal, emotional, and psychological reasons in the context of environments created by family, friends, colleagues, culture, and society at large; after forming our beliefs we then defend, justify, and rationalize them with a host of intellectual […]

Did Hawkings get it wrong?

December 14, 2010


Peter: “Are there ‘experts’ that disagree with the great Stephen Hawkings?”┬áThe Believing Brain, Jenny: ” There are always experts that disagree with other experts. Haven’t you noticed that in court lawyers for the prosecution and lawyers for the defense can always find experts with opposing opinions … with different models of ┬áreality? Professor Wiggly:” Jenny’s […]