The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies---How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths Topics for Discussion

Michael Shermer
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Describe what the terms "monism" and "dualism" mean. How are the different? Why do they lead people to different conclusions about the same issue?

What do the terms "patternicity" and "agenticity" mean? Why are these important to the ways in which people form beliefs?

What is belief-dependent realism? How are our beliefs confirmed? What is hindsight bias? What is attribution bias? What are other biases that help us form opinions?

Why was the advancements of Galileo important to today's science? What controversies surrounded his discoveries? Why did he encounter resistance to his theories even though he backed his theories with real evidence?

What comparison does the author make between God and aliens? What belief systems lead man to believe in God or in super-natural entities like aliens?

What important discover did the astronomer Edwin Hubble make? Why did some scientists doubt his findings?

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