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Born to Believe was previously published in hardcover as Why We Believe What We Believe. Prayer...meditation...speaking in tongues. What do these spiritual activities share and how do they differ? Why do some people believe in God, while others embrace atheism? From the ordinary to the extraordinary, beliefs give meaning to the mysteries of life. They motivate us, provid Born to Believe was previously published in hardcover as Why We Believe What We Believe. Prayer...meditation...speaking in tongues. What do these spiritual activities share and how do they differ? Why do some people believe in God, while others embrace atheism? From the ordinary to the extraordinary, beliefs give meaning to the mysteries of life. They motivate us, provide us with our individual uniqueness, and ultimately change the structure and function of our brains. In Born to Believe, Andrew Newberg, MD, and Mark Waldman reveal -- for the very first time -- how our complex views, memories, superstitions, morals, and beliefs are created by the neural activities of the brain. Supported by groundbreaking original research, they explain how our brains construct our deepest convictions and fondest assumptions about reality and the world around us. Using science, psychology, and religion, the authors offer recommendations for exercising your brain in order to develop a more life-affirming, flexible range of attitudes. Knowing how the brain builds meaning, value, spirituality, and truth into your life will change forever the way you look at yourself and the world.


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Born to Believe was previously published in hardcover as Why We Believe What We Believe. Prayer...meditation...speaking in tongues. What do these spiritual activities share and how do they differ? Why do some people believe in God, while others embrace atheism? From the ordinary to the extraordinary, beliefs give meaning to the mysteries of life. They motivate us, provid Born to Believe was previously published in hardcover as Why We Believe What We Believe. Prayer...meditation...speaking in tongues. What do these spiritual activities share and how do they differ? Why do some people believe in God, while others embrace atheism? From the ordinary to the extraordinary, beliefs give meaning to the mysteries of life. They motivate us, provide us with our individual uniqueness, and ultimately change the structure and function of our brains. In Born to Believe, Andrew Newberg, MD, and Mark Waldman reveal -- for the very first time -- how our complex views, memories, superstitions, morals, and beliefs are created by the neural activities of the brain. Supported by groundbreaking original research, they explain how our brains construct our deepest convictions and fondest assumptions about reality and the world around us. Using science, psychology, and religion, the authors offer recommendations for exercising your brain in order to develop a more life-affirming, flexible range of attitudes. Knowing how the brain builds meaning, value, spirituality, and truth into your life will change forever the way you look at yourself and the world.

30 review for Born to Believe: God, Science, and the Origin of Ordinary and Extraordinary Beliefs

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sieran

    Wow I really loved this idea of the biological basis of our belief systems, and how it's shaped by the different parts of our lives. I particularly enjoyed reading the brain scan results for the different meditators and religious experiences! It's just so lovely when they link psychological/ spiritual sensations with neuroscience. (The parietal, the frontal, the limbic system, even the thalamus.....etc) I'm definitely going to remember the core messages and points in this book forever. :D Wow I really loved this idea of the biological basis of our belief systems, and how it's shaped by the different parts of our lives. I particularly enjoyed reading the brain scan results for the different meditators and religious experiences! It's just so lovely when they link psychological/ spiritual sensations with neuroscience. (The parietal, the frontal, the limbic system, even the thalamus.....etc) I'm definitely going to remember the core messages and points in this book forever. :D

  2. 4 out of 5

    Muhammad Ridha Ar-Rasyid

    Buku menarik mengenai pembuktian keimanan melalui perpektif neuroscience. Di satu sisi, penulis berhasil mengungkapkan sinyal-sinyal neuron yang bekerja ketika seseorang meyakini keberadaan Tuhan. Buku ini cukup membantu kita untuk membuat kita paham, bahwa keimanan memang didesain terpatri dalam tubuh kita.

  3. 4 out of 5

    akhmad saputra syarif

    Buku in menjelaskan bagaimana kita melihat agama menggunakan pendekatan sains. Keren ..

  4. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Have you ever asked yourself, "How could they BELIEVE that???" I'm fascinated by the crazy-assed things intelligent people believe, and I've wondered about it my whole life (well, at least since I entered Catholic school in the third grade!). Well, the newest research in neuropsychology and evolutionary biology is revealing amazing things about how we think...and why. There's a lot published on this subject, and I've perused a lot of it...this is an excellent explanation of what scientists curren Have you ever asked yourself, "How could they BELIEVE that???" I'm fascinated by the crazy-assed things intelligent people believe, and I've wondered about it my whole life (well, at least since I entered Catholic school in the third grade!). Well, the newest research in neuropsychology and evolutionary biology is revealing amazing things about how we think...and why. There's a lot published on this subject, and I've perused a lot of it...this is an excellent explanation of what scientists currently understand about our minds. Very accessible, very interesting.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly White

    A more balanced summary of current research on brains and belief. It was actually a summary of a lot of related issues, some of which were only tangentially related to belief and many of which were about actual religious experience (they did brain scans of people who were speaking in tongues, for example). The authors went to great pains to insist that they weren't trying to disprove God or religious experience, for which I respect and appreciate them. Nevertheless... I bet they weren't believer A more balanced summary of current research on brains and belief. It was actually a summary of a lot of related issues, some of which were only tangentially related to belief and many of which were about actual religious experience (they did brain scans of people who were speaking in tongues, for example). The authors went to great pains to insist that they weren't trying to disprove God or religious experience, for which I respect and appreciate them. Nevertheless... I bet they weren't believers themselves.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jrobertus

    the first part is good, where he describes brain experiments on mystics and maps out a basis for the feeling of 'one with the universe' . later they get all religious and suggest our brains may have a portal to god. rather unscientific i thought. the first part is good, where he describes brain experiments on mystics and maps out a basis for the feeling of 'one with the universe' . later they get all religious and suggest our brains may have a portal to god. rather unscientific i thought.

  7. 5 out of 5

    nur'aini tri wahyuni

    mau baca yang tipetipe begini lagi, deh :)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carolin

    Full of fascinating experiments and insights into how the brain works and what that means for faith issues. Well structured and well-written.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mark Talley

    Excellent book combining neuroscience and religion. That should be enough to intrigue you.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    I couldn't even finish this book. The "science" in it was so sloppy. I couldn't even finish this book. The "science" in it was so sloppy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Risman Hutabarat

  12. 4 out of 5

    Yasmin Nur Habibah

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tammera Metcalf murillo

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ade Budi Sanjaya

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    Laurie

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    Dawn Winnett

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hemani

  18. 5 out of 5

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  20. 5 out of 5

    Laura Lee

  21. 5 out of 5

    Fjain

  22. 4 out of 5

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  24. 5 out of 5

    Heather

  25. 4 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

    A Naqvi

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mohammad Zainal Ariffin Awang Lah

  28. 4 out of 5

    Yuliani Liputo

  29. 4 out of 5

    Randon

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jon Foley

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