Table of contents for Why we believe what we believe : our biological need for meaning, spirituality, and truth / Andrew Newberg, Mark Robert Waldman.


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Contents

PART I HOW THE BRAIN MAKES OUR REALITY

1 The Power of Belief

2 A Mountain of Misperceptions: Searching for Beliefs in a Haystack of Neurons

3 Reality, Illusions, and the Aunt Who Cried Wolf: The Construction of Perceptual Beliefs

4 Santa Claus, Lucky Numbers, and the Magician in Our Brain: The Biology of Conceptual Beliefs

PART II CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND MORALITY

5 Parents, Peas, and "Putty Tats": The Development of Childhood Beliefs

6 Ordinary Criminals Like You and Me: The Gap between Behavior and Moral Beliefs

PART III SPIRITUAL BELIEFS AND THE BRAIN

7 Nuns, Buddhists, and the Reality of Spiritual Beliefs

8 Speaking in Tongues

9 The Atheist Who Prayed to God

10 Becoming a Better Believer

Epilogue: Life, the Universe, and Our "Ultimate" Beliefs

Endnotes

Acknowledgments

Index




Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Psychology, Religious.
Brain -- Religious aspects.