The God Instinct : The Psychology of Souls, Destiny and the Meaning of Life

Author(s): Jesse Bering


The psychology of souls, destiny and the meaning of life. An entertaining and thought-provoking book that argues a belief in higher forces, though ridiculous to some, is hardwired into our genetic makeup and has carried with it massive evolutionary benefi ts. In today’s world, these psychological illusions have outlasted their evolutionary purpose, and humanity now faces a whole new challenge: escaping them.


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"There's a place in our minds where God goes. This spellbinding book explains how: We humans find the idea of God inviting because we evolved to perceive minds all around us. Bering's own clever research on children's perceptions of the supernatural is the centerpiece in his rich potrayal of the newly unfolding science of belief in God." (Daniel M. Wegner, Department of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of The Illusion of Conscious Will) "Jesse Bering is a brilliant young psychologist, a gifted storyteller, and a very funny man. And his first book, The God Instinct, is atriumph-a moving, provocative, and entertaining exploration of the human search for meaning." (Paul Bloom, Professor of Psychology, Yale University, and author of How Pleasure Works) "Scintillating" (Nicholas Humphrey, Emeritus Professor London School of Economics)"

Jesse Bering is Director of the Institute of Cognition and Culture at the Queen’s University, Belfast.

General Fields

  • : 9781857885682
  • : Nicholas Brealey Publishing
  • : Nicholas Brealey Publishing
  • : February 2011
  • : United Kingdom
  • : January 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jesse Bering
  • : BC
  • : 1
  • : 261.51
  • : 288