New hardcover. No remainder mark. DJ top front edge curled with light
creasing. ; 1 x 8.3 x 5.6 Inches; 256 pages; A unique, scientific look
into why we are all believers.
In Lewis Carroll's Through
the Looking-Glass, the White Queen tells Alice that to believe in a
wildly improbable fact she simply needs to "draw a long breath and shut
[her] eyes." Alice finds this advice ridiculous. But don't almost all of
us, at some time or another, engage in magical thinking? Seventy percent
of Americans believe in angels; 13 percent of British scientists "touch
wood"; 40 percent of Americans believe that astrology is scientific. And
that is only the beginning.
In Six Impossible Things Before
Breakfast, Lewis Wolpert tackles one of the most important causes on
the horizon of public debate: the nature of belief. Looking at belief's
psychological basis and its possible evolutionary origins in physical
cause and effect, Wolpert expertly investigates what science can tell us
about those concepts we are so sure of, covering everything from everyday
beliefs that give coherence to our experiences, to religious beliefs, to
paranormal beliefs for which there is no evidence.