In this groundbreaking volume, J. Anderson Thomson, Jr., MD, with Clare Aukofer, offers a succinct yet comprehensive study of how and why the human mind generates religious belief. Dr. Thomson, a highly respected practicing psychiatrist with credentials in forensic psychiatry and evolutionary psychology, methodically investigates the components and causes of religious belief in the same way any scientist would investigate the movement of astronomical bodies or the evolution of life over time-that is, as a purely natural phenomenon. Providing compelling evidence from psychology, the cognitive neurosciences, and related fields, he, with Ms. Aukofer, presents an easily accessible and exceptionally convincing case that god(s) were created by man - not vice versa. With this slim volume, Dr. Thomson establishes himself as a must-listen thinker and leading voice on the primacy of reason and science over superstition and religion.
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After reading Hitchens, Dawkins, Harris, Dennett, and others, I happened upon this book. Taking a hard look at WHY people sense their faith is "right" and breaking it down into it's component parts is the ONLY way to surely get to the heart of the religion debate.
If you only read one book about religion, this should be it. This book should be in every hotel room right next to the darned Holy Bible.
Any holy book in the world is longer than this book ... but not smarter.
- Bret D. McIntyre