Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast: The Evolutionary Origins of Belief

3.61 avg rating
( 520 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780571231683: Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast: The Evolutionary Origins of Belief
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Why does every society around the world have a religious tradition of some sort? Professor Lewis Wolpert investigates the nature of belief and its causes. He looks at belief's psychological basis and its possible evolutionary origins in physical cause and effect. Wolpert explores the different types of belief - including that of animals, of children, of the religious, and of those suffering from psychiatric disorders. And he asks whether it is possible to live without belief at all, or whether it is a necessary component of a functioning society.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Lewis Wolpert is a distinguished embryologist and an accomplished broadcaster. He is Professor of Biology as Applied to Medicine at University College, London, and has taken part in numerous radio programmes, particularly interviews with other scientists. A CBE and a Fellow of the Royal Society, he was chairman of the Committee on the Public Understanding of Science for four years. He is the author of A Passion for Science and Passionate Minds (with Alison Richards), and The Triumph of the Embryo. For Faber, he has written The Unnatural Nature of Science.

From Publishers Weekly:

Why do we avoid walking under ladders or breaking mirrors? Why do many people believe that illness is related to wrongdoing? Wolpert, a professor of biology as applied to medicine at University College, London, attempts to answer these and other questions in his marvelously funny and provocative study of the nature of belief. He argues that our beliefs—whether everyday ones or religious ones—offer fundamental explanations of the causes and effects of events. Our beliefs thus become a way of guiding our actions as well as a means of judging others' actions. Taking a page from evolutionary psychology, the author contends that belief has its origin in the human development of language and of tools and their uses. Once our early ancestors made the connection between certain causes and effects—such as a flint causing fire—their discoveries led to other cause-and-effect beliefs. Wolpert also discusses how brain abnormalities, hypnosis and psychedelic drugs can lead to false beliefs, and he concludes that religious belief sometimes falls into this category. While he doesn't discount religious belief, Wolpert says that science offers the most reliable beliefs about how the world works. Wolpert's reflections ask us to reconsider how we look at the world every day. (Jan.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780393332032: Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast: The Evolutionary Origins of Belief

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0393332039 ISBN 13:  9780393332032
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, 2008
Softcover

9780393064490: Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast: The Evolutionary Origins of Belief

W. W. ..., 2007
Hardcover

9780571209200: Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast: the Evolutionary Origins of Belief

Faber ..., 2006
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Wolpert, Lewis
Published by Faber and Faber (2007)
ISBN 10: 0571231683 ISBN 13: 9780571231683
New Paperback Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
WYEMART LIMITED
(HEREFORD, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Faber and Faber, 2007. Paperback. Condition: New. All items inspected and guaranteed. All Orders Dispatched from the UK within one working day. Established business with excellent service record. Seller Inventory # mon0000149317

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 2.63
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.23
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Lewis Wolpert
Published by FABER FABER, United Kingdom (2007)
ISBN 10: 0571231683 ISBN 13: 9780571231683
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description FABER FABER, United Kingdom, 2007. Paperback. Condition: New. Main. Language: English . Brand New Book. Why does every society around the world have a religious tradition of some sort? Professor Lewis Wolpert investigates the nature of belief and its causes. He looks at belief s psychological basis and its possible evolutionary origins in physical cause and effect. Wolpert explores the different types of belief - including that of animals, of children, of the religious, and of those suffering from psychiatric disorders. And he asks whether it is possible to live without belief at all, or whether it is a necessary component of a functioning society. Seller Inventory # AA99780571231683

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 10.51
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Lewis Wolpert
Published by FABER FABER, United Kingdom (2007)
ISBN 10: 0571231683 ISBN 13: 9780571231683
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description FABER FABER, United Kingdom, 2007. Paperback. Condition: New. Main. Language: English . Brand New Book. Why does every society around the world have a religious tradition of some sort? Professor Lewis Wolpert investigates the nature of belief and its causes. He looks at belief s psychological basis and its possible evolutionary origins in physical cause and effect. Wolpert explores the different types of belief - including that of animals, of children, of the religious, and of those suffering from psychiatric disorders. And he asks whether it is possible to live without belief at all, or whether it is a necessary component of a functioning society. Seller Inventory # AA99780571231683

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 10.75
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Wolpert, Lewis
Published by Faber and Faber
ISBN 10: 0571231683 ISBN 13: 9780571231683
New Softcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Kennys Bookstore
(Olney, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Faber and Faber. Condition: New. 2007. Main. Paperback. Why does every society around the world have a religious tradition of some sort? This book looks at belief's psychological basis and its possible evolutionary origins in physical cause and effect. It explores the different types of belief - including that of animals, of children, of the religious, and of those suffering from psychiatric disorders. Num Pages: 256 pages. BIC Classification: VSP. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 189 x 131 x 17. Weight in Grams: 206. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Seller Inventory # V9780571231683

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.69
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Lewis Wolpert
Published by Faber & Faber
ISBN 10: 0571231683 ISBN 13: 9780571231683
New Paperback Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Faber & Faber. Paperback. Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Seller Inventory # B9780571231683

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 6.66
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.07
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Wolpert, Lewis
Published by Faber and Faber (2007)
ISBN 10: 0571231683 ISBN 13: 9780571231683
New Softcover Quantity Available: 10
Rating
[?]

Book Description Faber and Faber, 2007. Condition: New. 2007. Main. Paperback. Why does every society around the world have a religious tradition of some sort? This book looks at belief's psychological basis and its possible evolutionary origins in physical cause and effect. It explores the different types of belief - including that of animals, of children, of the religious, and of those suffering from psychiatric disorders. Num Pages: 256 pages. BIC Classification: VSP. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 189 x 131 x 17. Weight in Grams: 206. . . . . . . Seller Inventory # V9780571231683

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.89
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Lewis Wolpert
Published by Faber and Faber (2007)
ISBN 10: 0571231683 ISBN 13: 9780571231683
New Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Faber and Faber, 2007. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK in 4 to 14 days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # F2-9780571231683

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 6.38
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 11.76
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Lewis Wolpert
Published by Faber & Faber (2007)
ISBN 10: 0571231683 ISBN 13: 9780571231683
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Faber & Faber, 2007. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0571231683

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 18.97
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

WOLPERT L
Published by Faber and Faber (2007)
ISBN 10: 0571231683 ISBN 13: 9780571231683
New paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Herb Tandree Philosophy Books
(Stroud, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Faber and Faber, 2007. paperback. Condition: NEW. 9780571231683 This listing is a new book, a title currently in-print which we order directly and immediately from the publisher. For all enquiries, please contact Herb Tandree Philosophy Books directly - customer service is our primary goal. Seller Inventory # HTANDREE01438325

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.46
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 10.43
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

LEWIS WOLPERT
ISBN 10: 0571231683 ISBN 13: 9780571231683
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
University Bookstore
(DELHI, DELHI, India)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. This is Brand NEW. Seller Inventory # Prkash N-2192018-18169

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 19.30
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 10.59
From India to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds