Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast: The Evolutionary Origins of Belief

Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast: The Evolutionary Origins of Belief

InSix Impossible Things Before Breakfast, Lewis Wolpert tackles one of the most important causes on the horizon of public debate: the nature of belief. Looking at belief's psychological basis and its possible evolutionary origins in physical cause and effect, Wolpert expertly investigates what science can tell us about those concepts we are so sure of, covering everything InSix Impossible Things Before Breakfast, Lewis Wolpert tackles one of the most important causes on the horizon of public ...

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

  • Greg
    Oct 21, 2009

    While reading this my enjoyment of the book swayed from high to low and back again quite often. Since the book is only 219 pages long this pretty impressive. I've gone on and on in my latest reviews of Richard Dawkins books about the lack of citations, and here it is even worse. Da...

  • Lena
    Jul 28, 2007

    While reading this my enjoyment of the book swayed from high to low and back again quite often. Since the book is only 219 pages long this pretty impressive. I've gone on and on in my latest reviews of Richard Dawkins books about the lack of citations, and here it is even worse. Da...

    Having believed more than my share of impossible things, I?ve gotten very interested in the thinking processes behind matters of belief. Evolutionary biologist Wolpert tackles this subject from a different angle than many in his field. Wolpert proposes that our development of tool us...

  • Kristine
    Aug 23, 2007

    While reading this my enjoyment of the book swayed from high to low and back again quite often. Since the book is only 219 pages long this pretty impressive. I've gone on and on in my latest reviews of Richard Dawkins books about the lack of citations, and here it is even worse. Da...

    Having believed more than my share of impossible things, I?ve gotten very interested in the thinking processes behind matters of belief. Evolutionary biologist Wolpert tackles this subject from a different angle than many in his field. Wolpert proposes that our development of tool us...

    You really don't need to buy this book if you are interested in its core idea. I could sum it up in one paragraph: Evolutionists have the challenge of explaining religion and beliefs among mankind. If our behavior and mind should demonstrate evolution reasoning, then why do we belie...

    How can people be so smart in some aspects but believe in the most unbelievable things that go against science and reason? In this book, the author offers his ideas on how we started forming beliefs. Beliefs, according to him, can be traced as far as tool making through which we start ...

    No real qualms with this one other than a lack of internal referencing. Wolpert gives tons of examples, but none of them are cited. "There have been studies..." etc. He supplies names along with some studies, but not many. He claims to be trying to convince the reader that belief comes...

  • Henry Manampiring
    Sep 12, 2007

    While reading this my enjoyment of the book swayed from high to low and back again quite often. Since the book is only 219 pages long this pretty impressive. I've gone on and on in my latest reviews of Richard Dawkins books about the lack of citations, and here it is even worse. Da...

    Having believed more than my share of impossible things, I?ve gotten very interested in the thinking processes behind matters of belief. Evolutionary biologist Wolpert tackles this subject from a different angle than many in his field. Wolpert proposes that our development of tool us...

    You really don't need to buy this book if you are interested in its core idea. I could sum it up in one paragraph: Evolutionists have the challenge of explaining religion and beliefs among mankind. If our behavior and mind should demonstrate evolution reasoning, then why do we belie...

  • Maegan
    Oct 29, 2012

    While reading this my enjoyment of the book swayed from high to low and back again quite often. Since the book is only 219 pages long this pretty impressive. I've gone on and on in my latest reviews of Richard Dawkins books about the lack of citations, and here it is even worse. Da...

    Having believed more than my share of impossible things, I?ve gotten very interested in the thinking processes behind matters of belief. Evolutionary biologist Wolpert tackles this subject from a different angle than many in his field. Wolpert proposes that our development of tool us...

    You really don't need to buy this book if you are interested in its core idea. I could sum it up in one paragraph: Evolutionists have the challenge of explaining religion and beliefs among mankind. If our behavior and mind should demonstrate evolution reasoning, then why do we belie...

    How can people be so smart in some aspects but believe in the most unbelievable things that go against science and reason? In this book, the author offers his ideas on how we started forming beliefs. Beliefs, according to him, can be traced as far as tool making through which we start ...

    No real qualms with this one other than a lack of internal referencing. Wolpert gives tons of examples, but none of them are cited. "There have been studies..." etc. He supplies names along with some studies, but not many. He claims to be trying to convince the reader that belief comes...

    Six impossible things is very nice collection of anecdotes and arguments to explain the origin of the human species propensity to believe. Wolpert's thesis is that there is an evolutionary basis for our beliefs. He discusses the nature and historical background of belief from everyda...

    Pessimo libro. Un conto è fare divulgazione, un altro è scrivere inesattezze e riportare dati senza riferimenti bibliografici di alcun tipo. Ho iniziato a leggerlo per curiosità, ma mi sono resa conto dell'errore fin dalle prime pagine. La tesi generale è interessante e generalment...

    ?NANILMAZA ?NANMAK - ?NANI?LARIN EVR?MSEL KÖKEN? -?nan??lar mülkiyet ve kimlik gibi insanlara kendilerini iyi hissettiriyor. -Biyolojik ve geleneksel olarak görmek/varmak istedi?imize ula?maya ve inanmaya meyilliyiz. -Bir ankette, akademisyenlerin %94'ünün, kendi...

    I picked this book mostly for its title, i love alice in wonderland. and so i couldn't resist. I have conflicting feelings about the book, but first and far most I feel like I have to express how brilliant the author really is, you rarely happen to stumble upon such an open mind, and i...

    Questo libro, dal sottotitolo "Le origini evolutive delle credenze", parte mettendo subito in chiaro che l'autore vuole far piazza pulita di tutte le credenze, religiose e no, che non siano sostenute da prove scientifiche; la causalità la deve fare da padrona. Il leit motiv del libro ...

    "Non-medical causes of illness offered by psychiatric patients in a university hospital in the USA included 'God's Will' and the hex or evil eye. Psychoanalysis and Freudian views of the unconscious present us with a related set of beliefs that I think fit most comfortably with paranor...

    theme: biological perspectives on RELIGION Approached: the evolutionary roots of belief -main mechanism/concept: "THE BELIEF ENGINE":"that works on wholly unscientific principles: "It prefers quick decisions, it is bad with numbers, loves representativeness and sees patterns where ...

    This book starts so promising, but let me down less than halfway through. The evolution of belief is a very interesting subject, and having studied biology (just as Wolpert) I thought he would give the science based results of his studies on this subject. Instead of an exposition of th...

    The book's about the evolutionary origins of belief, which Wolpert ties to tool use, which is apparently not that common a theory, but it made sense. The basic idea is that human's ability to have causal beliefs, to wonder why something happened, is what gave us the ability to make com...

    I couldn't wait to get to this one! Professor Wolpert works at UCL where I was based as a student and staff member for 12 years. He is quite a character. I met him only a few times, once at a Q&A session that he moderated where I discovered that his wit and charm are both as big as...

    Very interesting look at the evolutionary origins of belief. From the dawn of early man, the author argues, the brain circuitry for religion developed as a result of his endeavours with early technology/tool manufacture. Comparisons are made between the effects of hallucinatory drugs...

    Although it's a very small book that can be read rather quickly, it's perfectly structured and the argument that belief or the search for a cause behind everything evolved from an understanding of cause and effect along with tool making seems plausible to me. Since the text is a bit...

    This book is excruciatingly dry and repetitive. He makes a one paragraph point and then spends 30 more pages restating it and supplying bland anecdotal evidence. I'll summarize the whole book for you: humans are the only animal that understands the concept of causation, and we've gotte...

    For a casual reader, it's a little repetitive and takes its time getting to the meat of the ideas behind the central hypothesis of the book: that believing things without requiring solid evidence first is an evolutionary adaptation that humans needed to be a successful species. Good re...

    The book was not as good as I thought it was going to be. It focused more on the subtilte part of the book. It was interesting. Although I thought his arguments could be valid, I did not think they were present very well. The debunking section was not that strong, and since that's why ...

    This is an interesting book. The author freely admits that the 'evidence' he presents is lacking. Often times I got to thinking about the examples cited and completely lost track of the central theme of the book. It is thought provoking, but it is a quick overview and not an in depth a...

    As usual Lewis Wolpert's writing style is very dense. The facts are stacked sentence by sentence, without too much explanation. You need to know about what he writes, to be able to follow this past-paced story. Regarding his thesis that tool use is at the origin of human causal thinkin...

    Very interesting ideas in this book. I only gave it 3 stars because the writing was dry and textbook-y at times, and the author's somewhat condescending attitude towards religious beliefs in a few places rubbed me the wrong way. But otherwise an interesting read on the evolution of bel...

  • Mark Fallon
    Aug 02, 2010

    While reading this my enjoyment of the book swayed from high to low and back again quite often. Since the book is only 219 pages long this pretty impressive. I've gone on and on in my latest reviews of Richard Dawkins books about the lack of citations, and here it is even worse. Da...

    Having believed more than my share of impossible things, I?ve gotten very interested in the thinking processes behind matters of belief. Evolutionary biologist Wolpert tackles this subject from a different angle than many in his field. Wolpert proposes that our development of tool us...

    You really don't need to buy this book if you are interested in its core idea. I could sum it up in one paragraph: Evolutionists have the challenge of explaining religion and beliefs among mankind. If our behavior and mind should demonstrate evolution reasoning, then why do we belie...

    How can people be so smart in some aspects but believe in the most unbelievable things that go against science and reason? In this book, the author offers his ideas on how we started forming beliefs. Beliefs, according to him, can be traced as far as tool making through which we start ...

    No real qualms with this one other than a lack of internal referencing. Wolpert gives tons of examples, but none of them are cited. "There have been studies..." etc. He supplies names along with some studies, but not many. He claims to be trying to convince the reader that belief comes...

    Six impossible things is very nice collection of anecdotes and arguments to explain the origin of the human species propensity to believe. Wolpert's thesis is that there is an evolutionary basis for our beliefs. He discusses the nature and historical background of belief from everyda...

    Pessimo libro. Un conto è fare divulgazione, un altro è scrivere inesattezze e riportare dati senza riferimenti bibliografici di alcun tipo. Ho iniziato a leggerlo per curiosità, ma mi sono resa conto dell'errore fin dalle prime pagine. La tesi generale è interessante e generalment...

    ?NANILMAZA ?NANMAK - ?NANI?LARIN EVR?MSEL KÖKEN? -?nan??lar mülkiyet ve kimlik gibi insanlara kendilerini iyi hissettiriyor. -Biyolojik ve geleneksel olarak görmek/varmak istedi?imize ula?maya ve inanmaya meyilliyiz. -Bir ankette, akademisyenlerin %94'ünün, kendi...

    I picked this book mostly for its title, i love alice in wonderland. and so i couldn't resist. I have conflicting feelings about the book, but first and far most I feel like I have to express how brilliant the author really is, you rarely happen to stumble upon such an open mind, and i...

    Questo libro, dal sottotitolo "Le origini evolutive delle credenze", parte mettendo subito in chiaro che l'autore vuole far piazza pulita di tutte le credenze, religiose e no, che non siano sostenute da prove scientifiche; la causalità la deve fare da padrona. Il leit motiv del libro ...

    "Non-medical causes of illness offered by psychiatric patients in a university hospital in the USA included 'God's Will' and the hex or evil eye. Psychoanalysis and Freudian views of the unconscious present us with a related set of beliefs that I think fit most comfortably with paranor...

    theme: biological perspectives on RELIGION Approached: the evolutionary roots of belief -main mechanism/concept: "THE BELIEF ENGINE":"that works on wholly unscientific principles: "It prefers quick decisions, it is bad with numbers, loves representativeness and sees patterns where ...

    This book starts so promising, but let me down less than halfway through. The evolution of belief is a very interesting subject, and having studied biology (just as Wolpert) I thought he would give the science based results of his studies on this subject. Instead of an exposition of th...

    The book's about the evolutionary origins of belief, which Wolpert ties to tool use, which is apparently not that common a theory, but it made sense. The basic idea is that human's ability to have causal beliefs, to wonder why something happened, is what gave us the ability to make com...

    I couldn't wait to get to this one! Professor Wolpert works at UCL where I was based as a student and staff member for 12 years. He is quite a character. I met him only a few times, once at a Q&A session that he moderated where I discovered that his wit and charm are both as big as...

    Very interesting look at the evolutionary origins of belief. From the dawn of early man, the author argues, the brain circuitry for religion developed as a result of his endeavours with early technology/tool manufacture. Comparisons are made between the effects of hallucinatory drugs...

    Although it's a very small book that can be read rather quickly, it's perfectly structured and the argument that belief or the search for a cause behind everything evolved from an understanding of cause and effect along with tool making seems plausible to me. Since the text is a bit...

    This book is excruciatingly dry and repetitive. He makes a one paragraph point and then spends 30 more pages restating it and supplying bland anecdotal evidence. I'll summarize the whole book for you: humans are the only animal that understands the concept of causation, and we've gotte...

    For a casual reader, it's a little repetitive and takes its time getting to the meat of the ideas behind the central hypothesis of the book: that believing things without requiring solid evidence first is an evolutionary adaptation that humans needed to be a successful species. Good re...

    The book was not as good as I thought it was going to be. It focused more on the subtilte part of the book. It was interesting. Although I thought his arguments could be valid, I did not think they were present very well. The debunking section was not that strong, and since that's why ...

    This is an interesting book. The author freely admits that the 'evidence' he presents is lacking. Often times I got to thinking about the examples cited and completely lost track of the central theme of the book. It is thought provoking, but it is a quick overview and not an in depth a...

    As usual Lewis Wolpert's writing style is very dense. The facts are stacked sentence by sentence, without too much explanation. You need to know about what he writes, to be able to follow this past-paced story. Regarding his thesis that tool use is at the origin of human causal thinkin...

    Very interesting ideas in this book. I only gave it 3 stars because the writing was dry and textbook-y at times, and the author's somewhat condescending attitude towards religious beliefs in a few places rubbed me the wrong way. But otherwise an interesting read on the evolution of bel...

    This is a rather unconvincing string of arguments, facts and descriptions of experiments and hypotheses. The chapters are reasonably arranged. For a scientific text there is a real dearth of sources, quotations and bibliography. Additionally, the text reads like a 100m sprint. ...

    i read turkish translation. A honest book about this thought on beliefs, religion and science. He tried to be fare on the nature and the need for believing. His points about "plain logic" are soo true... ...

    (Reviewed here by Dana Ream, the group organizer of the Meetup group "Cognitive Science Reading & Discussion Group".) ...

    A look into how belief in religion, astrology, alternative medicine and the like could be programmed into our brains and provide an evolutionary benefit. Not as extreme as ""The God Delusion"" by Richard Dawkins, but makes many of the same points. ...

    led me to read M. Galdwell writings. ...

    Interesting discussion on how and why we "believe". While I agree with some of Wolpert's ideas, I believe they could be built better. ...

  • Roly
    Feb 06, 2008

    While reading this my enjoyment of the book swayed from high to low and back again quite often. Since the book is only 219 pages long this pretty impressive. I've gone on and on in my latest reviews of Richard Dawkins books about the lack of citations, and here it is even worse. Da...

    Having believed more than my share of impossible things, I?ve gotten very interested in the thinking processes behind matters of belief. Evolutionary biologist Wolpert tackles this subject from a different angle than many in his field. Wolpert proposes that our development of tool us...

    You really don't need to buy this book if you are interested in its core idea. I could sum it up in one paragraph: Evolutionists have the challenge of explaining religion and beliefs among mankind. If our behavior and mind should demonstrate evolution reasoning, then why do we belie...

    How can people be so smart in some aspects but believe in the most unbelievable things that go against science and reason? In this book, the author offers his ideas on how we started forming beliefs. Beliefs, according to him, can be traced as far as tool making through which we start ...

    No real qualms with this one other than a lack of internal referencing. Wolpert gives tons of examples, but none of them are cited. "There have been studies..." etc. He supplies names along with some studies, but not many. He claims to be trying to convince the reader that belief comes...

    Six impossible things is very nice collection of anecdotes and arguments to explain the origin of the human species propensity to believe. Wolpert's thesis is that there is an evolutionary basis for our beliefs. He discusses the nature and historical background of belief from everyda...

    Pessimo libro. Un conto è fare divulgazione, un altro è scrivere inesattezze e riportare dati senza riferimenti bibliografici di alcun tipo. Ho iniziato a leggerlo per curiosità, ma mi sono resa conto dell'errore fin dalle prime pagine. La tesi generale è interessante e generalment...

    ?NANILMAZA ?NANMAK - ?NANI?LARIN EVR?MSEL KÖKEN? -?nan??lar mülkiyet ve kimlik gibi insanlara kendilerini iyi hissettiriyor. -Biyolojik ve geleneksel olarak görmek/varmak istedi?imize ula?maya ve inanmaya meyilliyiz. -Bir ankette, akademisyenlerin %94'ünün, kendi...

    I picked this book mostly for its title, i love alice in wonderland. and so i couldn't resist. I have conflicting feelings about the book, but first and far most I feel like I have to express how brilliant the author really is, you rarely happen to stumble upon such an open mind, and i...

    Questo libro, dal sottotitolo "Le origini evolutive delle credenze", parte mettendo subito in chiaro che l'autore vuole far piazza pulita di tutte le credenze, religiose e no, che non siano sostenute da prove scientifiche; la causalità la deve fare da padrona. Il leit motiv del libro ...

    "Non-medical causes of illness offered by psychiatric patients in a university hospital in the USA included 'God's Will' and the hex or evil eye. Psychoanalysis and Freudian views of the unconscious present us with a related set of beliefs that I think fit most comfortably with paranor...

    theme: biological perspectives on RELIGION Approached: the evolutionary roots of belief -main mechanism/concept: "THE BELIEF ENGINE":"that works on wholly unscientific principles: "It prefers quick decisions, it is bad with numbers, loves representativeness and sees patterns where ...

    This book starts so promising, but let me down less than halfway through. The evolution of belief is a very interesting subject, and having studied biology (just as Wolpert) I thought he would give the science based results of his studies on this subject. Instead of an exposition of th...

    The book's about the evolutionary origins of belief, which Wolpert ties to tool use, which is apparently not that common a theory, but it made sense. The basic idea is that human's ability to have causal beliefs, to wonder why something happened, is what gave us the ability to make com...

    I couldn't wait to get to this one! Professor Wolpert works at UCL where I was based as a student and staff member for 12 years. He is quite a character. I met him only a few times, once at a Q&A session that he moderated where I discovered that his wit and charm are both as big as...

    Very interesting look at the evolutionary origins of belief. From the dawn of early man, the author argues, the brain circuitry for religion developed as a result of his endeavours with early technology/tool manufacture. Comparisons are made between the effects of hallucinatory drugs...

  • Carmen K
    Oct 21, 2009

    While reading this my enjoyment of the book swayed from high to low and back again quite often. Since the book is only 219 pages long this pretty impressive. I've gone on and on in my latest reviews of Richard Dawkins books about the lack of citations, and here it is even worse. Da...

    Having believed more than my share of impossible things, I?ve gotten very interested in the thinking processes behind matters of belief. Evolutionary biologist Wolpert tackles this subject from a different angle than many in his field. Wolpert proposes that our development of tool us...

    You really don't need to buy this book if you are interested in its core idea. I could sum it up in one paragraph: Evolutionists have the challenge of explaining religion and beliefs among mankind. If our behavior and mind should demonstrate evolution reasoning, then why do we belie...

    How can people be so smart in some aspects but believe in the most unbelievable things that go against science and reason? In this book, the author offers his ideas on how we started forming beliefs. Beliefs, according to him, can be traced as far as tool making through which we start ...

    No real qualms with this one other than a lack of internal referencing. Wolpert gives tons of examples, but none of them are cited. "There have been studies..." etc. He supplies names along with some studies, but not many. He claims to be trying to convince the reader that belief comes...

    Six impossible things is very nice collection of anecdotes and arguments to explain the origin of the human species propensity to believe. Wolpert's thesis is that there is an evolutionary basis for our beliefs. He discusses the nature and historical background of belief from everyda...

    Pessimo libro. Un conto è fare divulgazione, un altro è scrivere inesattezze e riportare dati senza riferimenti bibliografici di alcun tipo. Ho iniziato a leggerlo per curiosità, ma mi sono resa conto dell'errore fin dalle prime pagine. La tesi generale è interessante e generalment...

    ?NANILMAZA ?NANMAK - ?NANI?LARIN EVR?MSEL KÖKEN? -?nan??lar mülkiyet ve kimlik gibi insanlara kendilerini iyi hissettiriyor. -Biyolojik ve geleneksel olarak görmek/varmak istedi?imize ula?maya ve inanmaya meyilliyiz. -Bir ankette, akademisyenlerin %94'ünün, kendi...

    I picked this book mostly for its title, i love alice in wonderland. and so i couldn't resist. I have conflicting feelings about the book, but first and far most I feel like I have to express how brilliant the author really is, you rarely happen to stumble upon such an open mind, and i...

    Questo libro, dal sottotitolo "Le origini evolutive delle credenze", parte mettendo subito in chiaro che l'autore vuole far piazza pulita di tutte le credenze, religiose e no, che non siano sostenute da prove scientifiche; la causalità la deve fare da padrona. Il leit motiv del libro ...

    "Non-medical causes of illness offered by psychiatric patients in a university hospital in the USA included 'God's Will' and the hex or evil eye. Psychoanalysis and Freudian views of the unconscious present us with a related set of beliefs that I think fit most comfortably with paranor...

    theme: biological perspectives on RELIGION Approached: the evolutionary roots of belief -main mechanism/concept: "THE BELIEF ENGINE":"that works on wholly unscientific principles: "It prefers quick decisions, it is bad with numbers, loves representativeness and sees patterns where ...

    This book starts so promising, but let me down less than halfway through. The evolution of belief is a very interesting subject, and having studied biology (just as Wolpert) I thought he would give the science based results of his studies on this subject. Instead of an exposition of th...

    The book's about the evolutionary origins of belief, which Wolpert ties to tool use, which is apparently not that common a theory, but it made sense. The basic idea is that human's ability to have causal beliefs, to wonder why something happened, is what gave us the ability to make com...

    I couldn't wait to get to this one! Professor Wolpert works at UCL where I was based as a student and staff member for 12 years. He is quite a character. I met him only a few times, once at a Q&A session that he moderated where I discovered that his wit and charm are both as big as...

    Very interesting look at the evolutionary origins of belief. From the dawn of early man, the author argues, the brain circuitry for religion developed as a result of his endeavours with early technology/tool manufacture. Comparisons are made between the effects of hallucinatory drugs...

    Although it's a very small book that can be read rather quickly, it's perfectly structured and the argument that belief or the search for a cause behind everything evolved from an understanding of cause and effect along with tool making seems plausible to me. Since the text is a bit...

    This book is excruciatingly dry and repetitive. He makes a one paragraph point and then spends 30 more pages restating it and supplying bland anecdotal evidence. I'll summarize the whole book for you: humans are the only animal that understands the concept of causation, and we've gotte...

    For a casual reader, it's a little repetitive and takes its time getting to the meat of the ideas behind the central hypothesis of the book: that believing things without requiring solid evidence first is an evolutionary adaptation that humans needed to be a successful species. Good re...

    The book was not as good as I thought it was going to be. It focused more on the subtilte part of the book. It was interesting. Although I thought his arguments could be valid, I did not think they were present very well. The debunking section was not that strong, and since that's why ...

    This is an interesting book. The author freely admits that the 'evidence' he presents is lacking. Often times I got to thinking about the examples cited and completely lost track of the central theme of the book. It is thought provoking, but it is a quick overview and not an in depth a...

  • Maya
    Jul 26, 2011

    While reading this my enjoyment of the book swayed from high to low and back again quite often. Since the book is only 219 pages long this pretty impressive. I've gone on and on in my latest reviews of Richard Dawkins books about the lack of citations, and here it is even worse. Da...

    Having believed more than my share of impossible things, I?ve gotten very interested in the thinking processes behind matters of belief. Evolutionary biologist Wolpert tackles this subject from a different angle than many in his field. Wolpert proposes that our development of tool us...

    You really don't need to buy this book if you are interested in its core idea. I could sum it up in one paragraph: Evolutionists have the challenge of explaining religion and beliefs among mankind. If our behavior and mind should demonstrate evolution reasoning, then why do we belie...

    How can people be so smart in some aspects but believe in the most unbelievable things that go against science and reason? In this book, the author offers his ideas on how we started forming beliefs. Beliefs, according to him, can be traced as far as tool making through which we start ...

    No real qualms with this one other than a lack of internal referencing. Wolpert gives tons of examples, but none of them are cited. "There have been studies..." etc. He supplies names along with some studies, but not many. He claims to be trying to convince the reader that belief comes...

    Six impossible things is very nice collection of anecdotes and arguments to explain the origin of the human species propensity to believe. Wolpert's thesis is that there is an evolutionary basis for our beliefs. He discusses the nature and historical background of belief from everyda...

    Pessimo libro. Un conto è fare divulgazione, un altro è scrivere inesattezze e riportare dati senza riferimenti bibliografici di alcun tipo. Ho iniziato a leggerlo per curiosità, ma mi sono resa conto dell'errore fin dalle prime pagine. La tesi generale è interessante e generalment...

    ?NANILMAZA ?NANMAK - ?NANI?LARIN EVR?MSEL KÖKEN? -?nan??lar mülkiyet ve kimlik gibi insanlara kendilerini iyi hissettiriyor. -Biyolojik ve geleneksel olarak görmek/varmak istedi?imize ula?maya ve inanmaya meyilliyiz. -Bir ankette, akademisyenlerin %94'ünün, kendi...

    I picked this book mostly for its title, i love alice in wonderland. and so i couldn't resist. I have conflicting feelings about the book, but first and far most I feel like I have to express how brilliant the author really is, you rarely happen to stumble upon such an open mind, and i...

    Questo libro, dal sottotitolo "Le origini evolutive delle credenze", parte mettendo subito in chiaro che l'autore vuole far piazza pulita di tutte le credenze, religiose e no, che non siano sostenute da prove scientifiche; la causalità la deve fare da padrona. Il leit motiv del libro ...

    "Non-medical causes of illness offered by psychiatric patients in a university hospital in the USA included 'God's Will' and the hex or evil eye. Psychoanalysis and Freudian views of the unconscious present us with a related set of beliefs that I think fit most comfortably with paranor...

  • Tfalcone
    Jul 27, 2010

    While reading this my enjoyment of the book swayed from high to low and back again quite often. Since the book is only 219 pages long this pretty impressive. I've gone on and on in my latest reviews of Richard Dawkins books about the lack of citations, and here it is even worse. Da...

    Having believed more than my share of impossible things, I?ve gotten very interested in the thinking processes behind matters of belief. Evolutionary biologist Wolpert tackles this subject from a different angle than many in his field. Wolpert proposes that our development of tool us...

    You really don't need to buy this book if you are interested in its core idea. I could sum it up in one paragraph: Evolutionists have the challenge of explaining religion and beliefs among mankind. If our behavior and mind should demonstrate evolution reasoning, then why do we belie...

    How can people be so smart in some aspects but believe in the most unbelievable things that go against science and reason? In this book, the author offers his ideas on how we started forming beliefs. Beliefs, according to him, can be traced as far as tool making through which we start ...

    No real qualms with this one other than a lack of internal referencing. Wolpert gives tons of examples, but none of them are cited. "There have been studies..." etc. He supplies names along with some studies, but not many. He claims to be trying to convince the reader that belief comes...

    Six impossible things is very nice collection of anecdotes and arguments to explain the origin of the human species propensity to believe. Wolpert's thesis is that there is an evolutionary basis for our beliefs. He discusses the nature and historical background of belief from everyda...

    Pessimo libro. Un conto è fare divulgazione, un altro è scrivere inesattezze e riportare dati senza riferimenti bibliografici di alcun tipo. Ho iniziato a leggerlo per curiosità, ma mi sono resa conto dell'errore fin dalle prime pagine. La tesi generale è interessante e generalment...

    ?NANILMAZA ?NANMAK - ?NANI?LARIN EVR?MSEL KÖKEN? -?nan??lar mülkiyet ve kimlik gibi insanlara kendilerini iyi hissettiriyor. -Biyolojik ve geleneksel olarak görmek/varmak istedi?imize ula?maya ve inanmaya meyilliyiz. -Bir ankette, akademisyenlerin %94'ünün, kendi...

    I picked this book mostly for its title, i love alice in wonderland. and so i couldn't resist. I have conflicting feelings about the book, but first and far most I feel like I have to express how brilliant the author really is, you rarely happen to stumble upon such an open mind, and i...

    Questo libro, dal sottotitolo "Le origini evolutive delle credenze", parte mettendo subito in chiaro che l'autore vuole far piazza pulita di tutte le credenze, religiose e no, che non siano sostenute da prove scientifiche; la causalità la deve fare da padrona. Il leit motiv del libro ...

    "Non-medical causes of illness offered by psychiatric patients in a university hospital in the USA included 'God's Will' and the hex or evil eye. Psychoanalysis and Freudian views of the unconscious present us with a related set of beliefs that I think fit most comfortably with paranor...

    theme: biological perspectives on RELIGION Approached: the evolutionary roots of belief -main mechanism/concept: "THE BELIEF ENGINE":"that works on wholly unscientific principles: "It prefers quick decisions, it is bad with numbers, loves representativeness and sees patterns where ...

    This book starts so promising, but let me down less than halfway through. The evolution of belief is a very interesting subject, and having studied biology (just as Wolpert) I thought he would give the science based results of his studies on this subject. Instead of an exposition of th...

    The book's about the evolutionary origins of belief, which Wolpert ties to tool use, which is apparently not that common a theory, but it made sense. The basic idea is that human's ability to have causal beliefs, to wonder why something happened, is what gave us the ability to make com...

    I couldn't wait to get to this one! Professor Wolpert works at UCL where I was based as a student and staff member for 12 years. He is quite a character. I met him only a few times, once at a Q&A session that he moderated where I discovered that his wit and charm are both as big as...

    Very interesting look at the evolutionary origins of belief. From the dawn of early man, the author argues, the brain circuitry for religion developed as a result of his endeavours with early technology/tool manufacture. Comparisons are made between the effects of hallucinatory drugs...

    Although it's a very small book that can be read rather quickly, it's perfectly structured and the argument that belief or the search for a cause behind everything evolved from an understanding of cause and effect along with tool making seems plausible to me. Since the text is a bit...

    This book is excruciatingly dry and repetitive. He makes a one paragraph point and then spends 30 more pages restating it and supplying bland anecdotal evidence. I'll summarize the whole book for you: humans are the only animal that understands the concept of causation, and we've gotte...

    For a casual reader, it's a little repetitive and takes its time getting to the meat of the ideas behind the central hypothesis of the book: that believing things without requiring solid evidence first is an evolutionary adaptation that humans needed to be a successful species. Good re...

    The book was not as good as I thought it was going to be. It focused more on the subtilte part of the book. It was interesting. Although I thought his arguments could be valid, I did not think they were present very well. The debunking section was not that strong, and since that's why ...

    This is an interesting book. The author freely admits that the 'evidence' he presents is lacking. Often times I got to thinking about the examples cited and completely lost track of the central theme of the book. It is thought provoking, but it is a quick overview and not an in depth a...

    As usual Lewis Wolpert's writing style is very dense. The facts are stacked sentence by sentence, without too much explanation. You need to know about what he writes, to be able to follow this past-paced story. Regarding his thesis that tool use is at the origin of human causal thinkin...

    Very interesting ideas in this book. I only gave it 3 stars because the writing was dry and textbook-y at times, and the author's somewhat condescending attitude towards religious beliefs in a few places rubbed me the wrong way. But otherwise an interesting read on the evolution of bel...

    This is a rather unconvincing string of arguments, facts and descriptions of experiments and hypotheses. The chapters are reasonably arranged. For a scientific text there is a real dearth of sources, quotations and bibliography. Additionally, the text reads like a 100m sprint. ...

    i read turkish translation. A honest book about this thought on beliefs, religion and science. He tried to be fare on the nature and the need for believing. His points about "plain logic" are soo true... ...

    (Reviewed here by Dana Ream, the group organizer of the Meetup group "Cognitive Science Reading & Discussion Group".) ...

    A look into how belief in religion, astrology, alternative medicine and the like could be programmed into our brains and provide an evolutionary benefit. Not as extreme as ""The God Delusion"" by Richard Dawkins, but makes many of the same points. ...

    led me to read M. Galdwell writings. ...

    Interesting discussion on how and why we "believe". While I agree with some of Wolpert's ideas, I believe they could be built better. ...

    All about the evolution of causal belief systems and why they may have evolved in human beings and not animals. Enjoyed it! ...

  • Fire Kovarovic
    Jan 04, 2009

    While reading this my enjoyment of the book swayed from high to low and back again quite often. Since the book is only 219 pages long this pretty impressive. I've gone on and on in my latest reviews of Richard Dawkins books about the lack of citations, and here it is even worse. Da...

    Having believed more than my share of impossible things, I?ve gotten very interested in the thinking processes behind matters of belief. Evolutionary biologist Wolpert tackles this subject from a different angle than many in his field. Wolpert proposes that our development of tool us...

    You really don't need to buy this book if you are interested in its core idea. I could sum it up in one paragraph: Evolutionists have the challenge of explaining religion and beliefs among mankind. If our behavior and mind should demonstrate evolution reasoning, then why do we belie...

    How can people be so smart in some aspects but believe in the most unbelievable things that go against science and reason? In this book, the author offers his ideas on how we started forming beliefs. Beliefs, according to him, can be traced as far as tool making through which we start ...

    No real qualms with this one other than a lack of internal referencing. Wolpert gives tons of examples, but none of them are cited. "There have been studies..." etc. He supplies names along with some studies, but not many. He claims to be trying to convince the reader that belief comes...

    Six impossible things is very nice collection of anecdotes and arguments to explain the origin of the human species propensity to believe. Wolpert's thesis is that there is an evolutionary basis for our beliefs. He discusses the nature and historical background of belief from everyda...

    Pessimo libro. Un conto è fare divulgazione, un altro è scrivere inesattezze e riportare dati senza riferimenti bibliografici di alcun tipo. Ho iniziato a leggerlo per curiosità, ma mi sono resa conto dell'errore fin dalle prime pagine. La tesi generale è interessante e generalment...

    ?NANILMAZA ?NANMAK - ?NANI?LARIN EVR?MSEL KÖKEN? -?nan??lar mülkiyet ve kimlik gibi insanlara kendilerini iyi hissettiriyor. -Biyolojik ve geleneksel olarak görmek/varmak istedi?imize ula?maya ve inanmaya meyilliyiz. -Bir ankette, akademisyenlerin %94'ünün, kendi...

    I picked this book mostly for its title, i love alice in wonderland. and so i couldn't resist. I have conflicting feelings about the book, but first and far most I feel like I have to express how brilliant the author really is, you rarely happen to stumble upon such an open mind, and i...

    Questo libro, dal sottotitolo "Le origini evolutive delle credenze", parte mettendo subito in chiaro che l'autore vuole far piazza pulita di tutte le credenze, religiose e no, che non siano sostenute da prove scientifiche; la causalità la deve fare da padrona. Il leit motiv del libro ...

    "Non-medical causes of illness offered by psychiatric patients in a university hospital in the USA included 'God's Will' and the hex or evil eye. Psychoanalysis and Freudian views of the unconscious present us with a related set of beliefs that I think fit most comfortably with paranor...

    theme: biological perspectives on RELIGION Approached: the evolutionary roots of belief -main mechanism/concept: "THE BELIEF ENGINE":"that works on wholly unscientific principles: "It prefers quick decisions, it is bad with numbers, loves representativeness and sees patterns where ...

    This book starts so promising, but let me down less than halfway through. The evolution of belief is a very interesting subject, and having studied biology (just as Wolpert) I thought he would give the science based results of his studies on this subject. Instead of an exposition of th...

    The book's about the evolutionary origins of belief, which Wolpert ties to tool use, which is apparently not that common a theory, but it made sense. The basic idea is that human's ability to have causal beliefs, to wonder why something happened, is what gave us the ability to make com...

    I couldn't wait to get to this one! Professor Wolpert works at UCL where I was based as a student and staff member for 12 years. He is quite a character. I met him only a few times, once at a Q&A session that he moderated where I discovered that his wit and charm are both as big as...

  • Richard
    Aug 13, 2009

    While reading this my enjoyment of the book swayed from high to low and back again quite often. Since the book is only 219 pages long this pretty impressive. I've gone on and on in my latest reviews of Richard Dawkins books about the lack of citations, and here it is even worse. Da...

    Having believed more than my share of impossible things, I?ve gotten very interested in the thinking processes behind matters of belief. Evolutionary biologist Wolpert tackles this subject from a different angle than many in his field. Wolpert proposes that our development of tool us...

    You really don't need to buy this book if you are interested in its core idea. I could sum it up in one paragraph: Evolutionists have the challenge of explaining religion and beliefs among mankind. If our behavior and mind should demonstrate evolution reasoning, then why do we belie...

    How can people be so smart in some aspects but believe in the most unbelievable things that go against science and reason? In this book, the author offers his ideas on how we started forming beliefs. Beliefs, according to him, can be traced as far as tool making through which we start ...

    No real qualms with this one other than a lack of internal referencing. Wolpert gives tons of examples, but none of them are cited. "There have been studies..." etc. He supplies names along with some studies, but not many. He claims to be trying to convince the reader that belief comes...

    Six impossible things is very nice collection of anecdotes and arguments to explain the origin of the human species propensity to believe. Wolpert's thesis is that there is an evolutionary basis for our beliefs. He discusses the nature and historical background of belief from everyda...

    Pessimo libro. Un conto è fare divulgazione, un altro è scrivere inesattezze e riportare dati senza riferimenti bibliografici di alcun tipo. Ho iniziato a leggerlo per curiosità, ma mi sono resa conto dell'errore fin dalle prime pagine. La tesi generale è interessante e generalment...

    ?NANILMAZA ?NANMAK - ?NANI?LARIN EVR?MSEL KÖKEN? -?nan??lar mülkiyet ve kimlik gibi insanlara kendilerini iyi hissettiriyor. -Biyolojik ve geleneksel olarak görmek/varmak istedi?imize ula?maya ve inanmaya meyilliyiz. -Bir ankette, akademisyenlerin %94'ünün, kendi...

    I picked this book mostly for its title, i love alice in wonderland. and so i couldn't resist. I have conflicting feelings about the book, but first and far most I feel like I have to express how brilliant the author really is, you rarely happen to stumble upon such an open mind, and i...

    Questo libro, dal sottotitolo "Le origini evolutive delle credenze", parte mettendo subito in chiaro che l'autore vuole far piazza pulita di tutte le credenze, religiose e no, che non siano sostenute da prove scientifiche; la causalità la deve fare da padrona. Il leit motiv del libro ...

    "Non-medical causes of illness offered by psychiatric patients in a university hospital in the USA included 'God's Will' and the hex or evil eye. Psychoanalysis and Freudian views of the unconscious present us with a related set of beliefs that I think fit most comfortably with paranor...

    theme: biological perspectives on RELIGION Approached: the evolutionary roots of belief -main mechanism/concept: "THE BELIEF ENGINE":"that works on wholly unscientific principles: "It prefers quick decisions, it is bad with numbers, loves representativeness and sees patterns where ...

    This book starts so promising, but let me down less than halfway through. The evolution of belief is a very interesting subject, and having studied biology (just as Wolpert) I thought he would give the science based results of his studies on this subject. Instead of an exposition of th...

    The book's about the evolutionary origins of belief, which Wolpert ties to tool use, which is apparently not that common a theory, but it made sense. The basic idea is that human's ability to have causal beliefs, to wonder why something happened, is what gave us the ability to make com...

    I couldn't wait to get to this one! Professor Wolpert works at UCL where I was based as a student and staff member for 12 years. He is quite a character. I met him only a few times, once at a Q&A session that he moderated where I discovered that his wit and charm are both as big as...

    Very interesting look at the evolutionary origins of belief. From the dawn of early man, the author argues, the brain circuitry for religion developed as a result of his endeavours with early technology/tool manufacture. Comparisons are made between the effects of hallucinatory drugs...

    Although it's a very small book that can be read rather quickly, it's perfectly structured and the argument that belief or the search for a cause behind everything evolved from an understanding of cause and effect along with tool making seems plausible to me. Since the text is a bit...

    This book is excruciatingly dry and repetitive. He makes a one paragraph point and then spends 30 more pages restating it and supplying bland anecdotal evidence. I'll summarize the whole book for you: humans are the only animal that understands the concept of causation, and we've gotte...

    For a casual reader, it's a little repetitive and takes its time getting to the meat of the ideas behind the central hypothesis of the book: that believing things without requiring solid evidence first is an evolutionary adaptation that humans needed to be a successful species. Good re...

    The book was not as good as I thought it was going to be. It focused more on the subtilte part of the book. It was interesting. Although I thought his arguments could be valid, I did not think they were present very well. The debunking section was not that strong, and since that's why ...

    This is an interesting book. The author freely admits that the 'evidence' he presents is lacking. Often times I got to thinking about the examples cited and completely lost track of the central theme of the book. It is thought provoking, but it is a quick overview and not an in depth a...

    As usual Lewis Wolpert's writing style is very dense. The facts are stacked sentence by sentence, without too much explanation. You need to know about what he writes, to be able to follow this past-paced story. Regarding his thesis that tool use is at the origin of human causal thinkin...

    Very interesting ideas in this book. I only gave it 3 stars because the writing was dry and textbook-y at times, and the author's somewhat condescending attitude towards religious beliefs in a few places rubbed me the wrong way. But otherwise an interesting read on the evolution of bel...

    This is a rather unconvincing string of arguments, facts and descriptions of experiments and hypotheses. The chapters are reasonably arranged. For a scientific text there is a real dearth of sources, quotations and bibliography. Additionally, the text reads like a 100m sprint. ...

    i read turkish translation. A honest book about this thought on beliefs, religion and science. He tried to be fare on the nature and the need for believing. His points about "plain logic" are soo true... ...

    (Reviewed here by Dana Ream, the group organizer of the Meetup group "Cognitive Science Reading & Discussion Group".) ...

  • Christian
    Mar 14, 2009

    While reading this my enjoyment of the book swayed from high to low and back again quite often. Since the book is only 219 pages long this pretty impressive. I've gone on and on in my latest reviews of Richard Dawkins books about the lack of citations, and here it is even worse. Da...

    Having believed more than my share of impossible things, I?ve gotten very interested in the thinking processes behind matters of belief. Evolutionary biologist Wolpert tackles this subject from a different angle than many in his field. Wolpert proposes that our development of tool us...

    You really don't need to buy this book if you are interested in its core idea. I could sum it up in one paragraph: Evolutionists have the challenge of explaining religion and beliefs among mankind. If our behavior and mind should demonstrate evolution reasoning, then why do we belie...

    How can people be so smart in some aspects but believe in the most unbelievable things that go against science and reason? In this book, the author offers his ideas on how we started forming beliefs. Beliefs, according to him, can be traced as far as tool making through which we start ...

    No real qualms with this one other than a lack of internal referencing. Wolpert gives tons of examples, but none of them are cited. "There have been studies..." etc. He supplies names along with some studies, but not many. He claims to be trying to convince the reader that belief comes...

    Six impossible things is very nice collection of anecdotes and arguments to explain the origin of the human species propensity to believe. Wolpert's thesis is that there is an evolutionary basis for our beliefs. He discusses the nature and historical background of belief from everyda...

    Pessimo libro. Un conto è fare divulgazione, un altro è scrivere inesattezze e riportare dati senza riferimenti bibliografici di alcun tipo. Ho iniziato a leggerlo per curiosità, ma mi sono resa conto dell'errore fin dalle prime pagine. La tesi generale è interessante e generalment...

    ?NANILMAZA ?NANMAK - ?NANI?LARIN EVR?MSEL KÖKEN? -?nan??lar mülkiyet ve kimlik gibi insanlara kendilerini iyi hissettiriyor. -Biyolojik ve geleneksel olarak görmek/varmak istedi?imize ula?maya ve inanmaya meyilliyiz. -Bir ankette, akademisyenlerin %94'ünün, kendi...

    I picked this book mostly for its title, i love alice in wonderland. and so i couldn't resist. I have conflicting feelings about the book, but first and far most I feel like I have to express how brilliant the author really is, you rarely happen to stumble upon such an open mind, and i...

    Questo libro, dal sottotitolo "Le origini evolutive delle credenze", parte mettendo subito in chiaro che l'autore vuole far piazza pulita di tutte le credenze, religiose e no, che non siano sostenute da prove scientifiche; la causalità la deve fare da padrona. Il leit motiv del libro ...

    "Non-medical causes of illness offered by psychiatric patients in a university hospital in the USA included 'God's Will' and the hex or evil eye. Psychoanalysis and Freudian views of the unconscious present us with a related set of beliefs that I think fit most comfortably with paranor...

    theme: biological perspectives on RELIGION Approached: the evolutionary roots of belief -main mechanism/concept: "THE BELIEF ENGINE":"that works on wholly unscientific principles: "It prefers quick decisions, it is bad with numbers, loves representativeness and sees patterns where ...

    This book starts so promising, but let me down less than halfway through. The evolution of belief is a very interesting subject, and having studied biology (just as Wolpert) I thought he would give the science based results of his studies on this subject. Instead of an exposition of th...

    The book's about the evolutionary origins of belief, which Wolpert ties to tool use, which is apparently not that common a theory, but it made sense. The basic idea is that human's ability to have causal beliefs, to wonder why something happened, is what gave us the ability to make com...

    I couldn't wait to get to this one! Professor Wolpert works at UCL where I was based as a student and staff member for 12 years. He is quite a character. I met him only a few times, once at a Q&A session that he moderated where I discovered that his wit and charm are both as big as...

    Very interesting look at the evolutionary origins of belief. From the dawn of early man, the author argues, the brain circuitry for religion developed as a result of his endeavours with early technology/tool manufacture. Comparisons are made between the effects of hallucinatory drugs...

    Although it's a very small book that can be read rather quickly, it's perfectly structured and the argument that belief or the search for a cause behind everything evolved from an understanding of cause and effect along with tool making seems plausible to me. Since the text is a bit...

  • Noah
    Feb 27, 2009

    While reading this my enjoyment of the book swayed from high to low and back again quite often. Since the book is only 219 pages long this pretty impressive. I've gone on and on in my latest reviews of Richard Dawkins books about the lack of citations, and here it is even worse. Da...

    Having believed more than my share of impossible things, I?ve gotten very interested in the thinking processes behind matters of belief. Evolutionary biologist Wolpert tackles this subject from a different angle than many in his field. Wolpert proposes that our development of tool us...

    You really don't need to buy this book if you are interested in its core idea. I could sum it up in one paragraph: Evolutionists have the challenge of explaining religion and beliefs among mankind. If our behavior and mind should demonstrate evolution reasoning, then why do we belie...

    How can people be so smart in some aspects but believe in the most unbelievable things that go against science and reason? In this book, the author offers his ideas on how we started forming beliefs. Beliefs, according to him, can be traced as far as tool making through which we start ...

    No real qualms with this one other than a lack of internal referencing. Wolpert gives tons of examples, but none of them are cited. "There have been studies..." etc. He supplies names along with some studies, but not many. He claims to be trying to convince the reader that belief comes...

    Six impossible things is very nice collection of anecdotes and arguments to explain the origin of the human species propensity to believe. Wolpert's thesis is that there is an evolutionary basis for our beliefs. He discusses the nature and historical background of belief from everyda...

    Pessimo libro. Un conto è fare divulgazione, un altro è scrivere inesattezze e riportare dati senza riferimenti bibliografici di alcun tipo. Ho iniziato a leggerlo per curiosità, ma mi sono resa conto dell'errore fin dalle prime pagine. La tesi generale è interessante e generalment...

    ?NANILMAZA ?NANMAK - ?NANI?LARIN EVR?MSEL KÖKEN? -?nan??lar mülkiyet ve kimlik gibi insanlara kendilerini iyi hissettiriyor. -Biyolojik ve geleneksel olarak görmek/varmak istedi?imize ula?maya ve inanmaya meyilliyiz. -Bir ankette, akademisyenlerin %94'ünün, kendi...

    I picked this book mostly for its title, i love alice in wonderland. and so i couldn't resist. I have conflicting feelings about the book, but first and far most I feel like I have to express how brilliant the author really is, you rarely happen to stumble upon such an open mind, and i...

    Questo libro, dal sottotitolo "Le origini evolutive delle credenze", parte mettendo subito in chiaro che l'autore vuole far piazza pulita di tutte le credenze, religiose e no, che non siano sostenute da prove scientifiche; la causalità la deve fare da padrona. Il leit motiv del libro ...

    "Non-medical causes of illness offered by psychiatric patients in a university hospital in the USA included 'God's Will' and the hex or evil eye. Psychoanalysis and Freudian views of the unconscious present us with a related set of beliefs that I think fit most comfortably with paranor...

    theme: biological perspectives on RELIGION Approached: the evolutionary roots of belief -main mechanism/concept: "THE BELIEF ENGINE":"that works on wholly unscientific principles: "It prefers quick decisions, it is bad with numbers, loves representativeness and sees patterns where ...

    This book starts so promising, but let me down less than halfway through. The evolution of belief is a very interesting subject, and having studied biology (just as Wolpert) I thought he would give the science based results of his studies on this subject. Instead of an exposition of th...

    The book's about the evolutionary origins of belief, which Wolpert ties to tool use, which is apparently not that common a theory, but it made sense. The basic idea is that human's ability to have causal beliefs, to wonder why something happened, is what gave us the ability to make com...

    I couldn't wait to get to this one! Professor Wolpert works at UCL where I was based as a student and staff member for 12 years. He is quite a character. I met him only a few times, once at a Q&A session that he moderated where I discovered that his wit and charm are both as big as...

    Very interesting look at the evolutionary origins of belief. From the dawn of early man, the author argues, the brain circuitry for religion developed as a result of his endeavours with early technology/tool manufacture. Comparisons are made between the effects of hallucinatory drugs...

    Although it's a very small book that can be read rather quickly, it's perfectly structured and the argument that belief or the search for a cause behind everything evolved from an understanding of cause and effect along with tool making seems plausible to me. Since the text is a bit...

    This book is excruciatingly dry and repetitive. He makes a one paragraph point and then spends 30 more pages restating it and supplying bland anecdotal evidence. I'll summarize the whole book for you: humans are the only animal that understands the concept of causation, and we've gotte...

  • Sistermagpie
    Nov 30, 2010

    While reading this my enjoyment of the book swayed from high to low and back again quite often. Since the book is only 219 pages long this pretty impressive. I've gone on and on in my latest reviews of Richard Dawkins books about the lack of citations, and here it is even worse. Da...

    Having believed more than my share of impossible things, I?ve gotten very interested in the thinking processes behind matters of belief. Evolutionary biologist Wolpert tackles this subject from a different angle than many in his field. Wolpert proposes that our development of tool us...

    You really don't need to buy this book if you are interested in its core idea. I could sum it up in one paragraph: Evolutionists have the challenge of explaining religion and beliefs among mankind. If our behavior and mind should demonstrate evolution reasoning, then why do we belie...

    How can people be so smart in some aspects but believe in the most unbelievable things that go against science and reason? In this book, the author offers his ideas on how we started forming beliefs. Beliefs, according to him, can be traced as far as tool making through which we start ...

    No real qualms with this one other than a lack of internal referencing. Wolpert gives tons of examples, but none of them are cited. "There have been studies..." etc. He supplies names along with some studies, but not many. He claims to be trying to convince the reader that belief comes...

    Six impossible things is very nice collection of anecdotes and arguments to explain the origin of the human species propensity to believe. Wolpert's thesis is that there is an evolutionary basis for our beliefs. He discusses the nature and historical background of belief from everyda...

    Pessimo libro. Un conto è fare divulgazione, un altro è scrivere inesattezze e riportare dati senza riferimenti bibliografici di alcun tipo. Ho iniziato a leggerlo per curiosità, ma mi sono resa conto dell'errore fin dalle prime pagine. La tesi generale è interessante e generalment...

    ?NANILMAZA ?NANMAK - ?NANI?LARIN EVR?MSEL KÖKEN? -?nan??lar mülkiyet ve kimlik gibi insanlara kendilerini iyi hissettiriyor. -Biyolojik ve geleneksel olarak görmek/varmak istedi?imize ula?maya ve inanmaya meyilliyiz. -Bir ankette, akademisyenlerin %94'ünün, kendi...

    I picked this book mostly for its title, i love alice in wonderland. and so i couldn't resist. I have conflicting feelings about the book, but first and far most I feel like I have to express how brilliant the author really is, you rarely happen to stumble upon such an open mind, and i...

    Questo libro, dal sottotitolo "Le origini evolutive delle credenze", parte mettendo subito in chiaro che l'autore vuole far piazza pulita di tutte le credenze, religiose e no, che non siano sostenute da prove scientifiche; la causalità la deve fare da padrona. Il leit motiv del libro ...

    "Non-medical causes of illness offered by psychiatric patients in a university hospital in the USA included 'God's Will' and the hex or evil eye. Psychoanalysis and Freudian views of the unconscious present us with a related set of beliefs that I think fit most comfortably with paranor...

    theme: biological perspectives on RELIGION Approached: the evolutionary roots of belief -main mechanism/concept: "THE BELIEF ENGINE":"that works on wholly unscientific principles: "It prefers quick decisions, it is bad with numbers, loves representativeness and sees patterns where ...

    This book starts so promising, but let me down less than halfway through. The evolution of belief is a very interesting subject, and having studied biology (just as Wolpert) I thought he would give the science based results of his studies on this subject. Instead of an exposition of th...

    The book's about the evolutionary origins of belief, which Wolpert ties to tool use, which is apparently not that common a theory, but it made sense. The basic idea is that human's ability to have causal beliefs, to wonder why something happened, is what gave us the ability to make com...

  • hissi
    Apr 01, 2013

    While reading this my enjoyment of the book swayed from high to low and back again quite often. Since the book is only 219 pages long this pretty impressive. I've gone on and on in my latest reviews of Richard Dawkins books about the lack of citations, and here it is even worse. Da...

    Having believed more than my share of impossible things, I?ve gotten very interested in the thinking processes behind matters of belief. Evolutionary biologist Wolpert tackles this subject from a different angle than many in his field. Wolpert proposes that our development of tool us...

    You really don't need to buy this book if you are interested in its core idea. I could sum it up in one paragraph: Evolutionists have the challenge of explaining religion and beliefs among mankind. If our behavior and mind should demonstrate evolution reasoning, then why do we belie...

    How can people be so smart in some aspects but believe in the most unbelievable things that go against science and reason? In this book, the author offers his ideas on how we started forming beliefs. Beliefs, according to him, can be traced as far as tool making through which we start ...

    No real qualms with this one other than a lack of internal referencing. Wolpert gives tons of examples, but none of them are cited. "There have been studies..." etc. He supplies names along with some studies, but not many. He claims to be trying to convince the reader that belief comes...

    Six impossible things is very nice collection of anecdotes and arguments to explain the origin of the human species propensity to believe. Wolpert's thesis is that there is an evolutionary basis for our beliefs. He discusses the nature and historical background of belief from everyda...

    Pessimo libro. Un conto è fare divulgazione, un altro è scrivere inesattezze e riportare dati senza riferimenti bibliografici di alcun tipo. Ho iniziato a leggerlo per curiosità, ma mi sono resa conto dell'errore fin dalle prime pagine. La tesi generale è interessante e generalment...

    ?NANILMAZA ?NANMAK - ?NANI?LARIN EVR?MSEL KÖKEN? -?nan??lar mülkiyet ve kimlik gibi insanlara kendilerini iyi hissettiriyor. -Biyolojik ve geleneksel olarak görmek/varmak istedi?imize ula?maya ve inanmaya meyilliyiz. -Bir ankette, akademisyenlerin %94'ünün, kendi...

    I picked this book mostly for its title, i love alice in wonderland. and so i couldn't resist. I have conflicting feelings about the book, but first and far most I feel like I have to express how brilliant the author really is, you rarely happen to stumble upon such an open mind, and i...

  • Maurizio Codogno
    Jan 12, 2012

    While reading this my enjoyment of the book swayed from high to low and back again quite often. Since the book is only 219 pages long this pretty impressive. I've gone on and on in my latest reviews of Richard Dawkins books about the lack of citations, and here it is even worse. Da...

    Having believed more than my share of impossible things, I?ve gotten very interested in the thinking processes behind matters of belief. Evolutionary biologist Wolpert tackles this subject from a different angle than many in his field. Wolpert proposes that our development of tool us...

    You really don't need to buy this book if you are interested in its core idea. I could sum it up in one paragraph: Evolutionists have the challenge of explaining religion and beliefs among mankind. If our behavior and mind should demonstrate evolution reasoning, then why do we belie...

    How can people be so smart in some aspects but believe in the most unbelievable things that go against science and reason? In this book, the author offers his ideas on how we started forming beliefs. Beliefs, according to him, can be traced as far as tool making through which we start ...

    No real qualms with this one other than a lack of internal referencing. Wolpert gives tons of examples, but none of them are cited. "There have been studies..." etc. He supplies names along with some studies, but not many. He claims to be trying to convince the reader that belief comes...

    Six impossible things is very nice collection of anecdotes and arguments to explain the origin of the human species propensity to believe. Wolpert's thesis is that there is an evolutionary basis for our beliefs. He discusses the nature and historical background of belief from everyda...

    Pessimo libro. Un conto è fare divulgazione, un altro è scrivere inesattezze e riportare dati senza riferimenti bibliografici di alcun tipo. Ho iniziato a leggerlo per curiosità, ma mi sono resa conto dell'errore fin dalle prime pagine. La tesi generale è interessante e generalment...

    ?NANILMAZA ?NANMAK - ?NANI?LARIN EVR?MSEL KÖKEN? -?nan??lar mülkiyet ve kimlik gibi insanlara kendilerini iyi hissettiriyor. -Biyolojik ve geleneksel olarak görmek/varmak istedi?imize ula?maya ve inanmaya meyilliyiz. -Bir ankette, akademisyenlerin %94'ünün, kendi...

    I picked this book mostly for its title, i love alice in wonderland. and so i couldn't resist. I have conflicting feelings about the book, but first and far most I feel like I have to express how brilliant the author really is, you rarely happen to stumble upon such an open mind, and i...

    Questo libro, dal sottotitolo "Le origini evolutive delle credenze", parte mettendo subito in chiaro che l'autore vuole far piazza pulita di tutte le credenze, religiose e no, che non siano sostenute da prove scientifiche; la causalità la deve fare da padrona. Il leit motiv del libro ...

  • Shira
    Feb 09, 2011

    While reading this my enjoyment of the book swayed from high to low and back again quite often. Since the book is only 219 pages long this pretty impressive. I've gone on and on in my latest reviews of Richard Dawkins books about the lack of citations, and here it is even worse. Da...

    Having believed more than my share of impossible things, I?ve gotten very interested in the thinking processes behind matters of belief. Evolutionary biologist Wolpert tackles this subject from a different angle than many in his field. Wolpert proposes that our development of tool us...

    You really don't need to buy this book if you are interested in its core idea. I could sum it up in one paragraph: Evolutionists have the challenge of explaining religion and beliefs among mankind. If our behavior and mind should demonstrate evolution reasoning, then why do we belie...

    How can people be so smart in some aspects but believe in the most unbelievable things that go against science and reason? In this book, the author offers his ideas on how we started forming beliefs. Beliefs, according to him, can be traced as far as tool making through which we start ...

    No real qualms with this one other than a lack of internal referencing. Wolpert gives tons of examples, but none of them are cited. "There have been studies..." etc. He supplies names along with some studies, but not many. He claims to be trying to convince the reader that belief comes...

    Six impossible things is very nice collection of anecdotes and arguments to explain the origin of the human species propensity to believe. Wolpert's thesis is that there is an evolutionary basis for our beliefs. He discusses the nature and historical background of belief from everyda...

    Pessimo libro. Un conto è fare divulgazione, un altro è scrivere inesattezze e riportare dati senza riferimenti bibliografici di alcun tipo. Ho iniziato a leggerlo per curiosità, ma mi sono resa conto dell'errore fin dalle prime pagine. La tesi generale è interessante e generalment...

    ?NANILMAZA ?NANMAK - ?NANI?LARIN EVR?MSEL KÖKEN? -?nan??lar mülkiyet ve kimlik gibi insanlara kendilerini iyi hissettiriyor. -Biyolojik ve geleneksel olarak görmek/varmak istedi?imize ula?maya ve inanmaya meyilliyiz. -Bir ankette, akademisyenlerin %94'ünün, kendi...

    I picked this book mostly for its title, i love alice in wonderland. and so i couldn't resist. I have conflicting feelings about the book, but first and far most I feel like I have to express how brilliant the author really is, you rarely happen to stumble upon such an open mind, and i...

    Questo libro, dal sottotitolo "Le origini evolutive delle credenze", parte mettendo subito in chiaro che l'autore vuole far piazza pulita di tutte le credenze, religiose e no, che non siano sostenute da prove scientifiche; la causalità la deve fare da padrona. Il leit motiv del libro ...

    "Non-medical causes of illness offered by psychiatric patients in a university hospital in the USA included 'God's Will' and the hex or evil eye. Psychoanalysis and Freudian views of the unconscious present us with a related set of beliefs that I think fit most comfortably with paranor...

    theme: biological perspectives on RELIGION Approached: the evolutionary roots of belief -main mechanism/concept: "THE BELIEF ENGINE":"that works on wholly unscientific principles: "It prefers quick decisions, it is bad with numbers, loves representativeness and sees patterns where ...

    This book starts so promising, but let me down less than halfway through. The evolution of belief is a very interesting subject, and having studied biology (just as Wolpert) I thought he would give the science based results of his studies on this subject. Instead of an exposition of th...

    The book's about the evolutionary origins of belief, which Wolpert ties to tool use, which is apparently not that common a theory, but it made sense. The basic idea is that human's ability to have causal beliefs, to wonder why something happened, is what gave us the ability to make com...

    I couldn't wait to get to this one! Professor Wolpert works at UCL where I was based as a student and staff member for 12 years. He is quite a character. I met him only a few times, once at a Q&A session that he moderated where I discovered that his wit and charm are both as big as...

    Very interesting look at the evolutionary origins of belief. From the dawn of early man, the author argues, the brain circuitry for religion developed as a result of his endeavours with early technology/tool manufacture. Comparisons are made between the effects of hallucinatory drugs...

    Although it's a very small book that can be read rather quickly, it's perfectly structured and the argument that belief or the search for a cause behind everything evolved from an understanding of cause and effect along with tool making seems plausible to me. Since the text is a bit...

    This book is excruciatingly dry and repetitive. He makes a one paragraph point and then spends 30 more pages restating it and supplying bland anecdotal evidence. I'll summarize the whole book for you: humans are the only animal that understands the concept of causation, and we've gotte...

    For a casual reader, it's a little repetitive and takes its time getting to the meat of the ideas behind the central hypothesis of the book: that believing things without requiring solid evidence first is an evolutionary adaptation that humans needed to be a successful species. Good re...

    The book was not as good as I thought it was going to be. It focused more on the subtilte part of the book. It was interesting. Although I thought his arguments could be valid, I did not think they were present very well. The debunking section was not that strong, and since that's why ...

    This is an interesting book. The author freely admits that the 'evidence' he presents is lacking. Often times I got to thinking about the examples cited and completely lost track of the central theme of the book. It is thought provoking, but it is a quick overview and not an in depth a...

    As usual Lewis Wolpert's writing style is very dense. The facts are stacked sentence by sentence, without too much explanation. You need to know about what he writes, to be able to follow this past-paced story. Regarding his thesis that tool use is at the origin of human causal thinkin...

    Very interesting ideas in this book. I only gave it 3 stars because the writing was dry and textbook-y at times, and the author's somewhat condescending attitude towards religious beliefs in a few places rubbed me the wrong way. But otherwise an interesting read on the evolution of bel...

    This is a rather unconvincing string of arguments, facts and descriptions of experiments and hypotheses. The chapters are reasonably arranged. For a scientific text there is a real dearth of sources, quotations and bibliography. Additionally, the text reads like a 100m sprint. ...

    i read turkish translation. A honest book about this thought on beliefs, religion and science. He tried to be fare on the nature and the need for believing. His points about "plain logic" are soo true... ...

    (Reviewed here by Dana Ream, the group organizer of the Meetup group "Cognitive Science Reading & Discussion Group".) ...

    A look into how belief in religion, astrology, alternative medicine and the like could be programmed into our brains and provide an evolutionary benefit. Not as extreme as ""The God Delusion"" by Richard Dawkins, but makes many of the same points. ...

    led me to read M. Galdwell writings. ...

  • Samantha Lee
    Apr 25, 2014

    While reading this my enjoyment of the book swayed from high to low and back again quite often. Since the book is only 219 pages long this pretty impressive. I've gone on and on in my latest reviews of Richard Dawkins books about the lack of citations, and here it is even worse. Da...

    Having believed more than my share of impossible things, I?ve gotten very interested in the thinking processes behind matters of belief. Evolutionary biologist Wolpert tackles this subject from a different angle than many in his field. Wolpert proposes that our development of tool us...

    You really don't need to buy this book if you are interested in its core idea. I could sum it up in one paragraph: Evolutionists have the challenge of explaining religion and beliefs among mankind. If our behavior and mind should demonstrate evolution reasoning, then why do we belie...

    How can people be so smart in some aspects but believe in the most unbelievable things that go against science and reason? In this book, the author offers his ideas on how we started forming beliefs. Beliefs, according to him, can be traced as far as tool making through which we start ...

    No real qualms with this one other than a lack of internal referencing. Wolpert gives tons of examples, but none of them are cited. "There have been studies..." etc. He supplies names along with some studies, but not many. He claims to be trying to convince the reader that belief comes...

    Six impossible things is very nice collection of anecdotes and arguments to explain the origin of the human species propensity to believe. Wolpert's thesis is that there is an evolutionary basis for our beliefs. He discusses the nature and historical background of belief from everyda...

    Pessimo libro. Un conto è fare divulgazione, un altro è scrivere inesattezze e riportare dati senza riferimenti bibliografici di alcun tipo. Ho iniziato a leggerlo per curiosità, ma mi sono resa conto dell'errore fin dalle prime pagine. La tesi generale è interessante e generalment...

    ?NANILMAZA ?NANMAK - ?NANI?LARIN EVR?MSEL KÖKEN? -?nan??lar mülkiyet ve kimlik gibi insanlara kendilerini iyi hissettiriyor. -Biyolojik ve geleneksel olarak görmek/varmak istedi?imize ula?maya ve inanmaya meyilliyiz. -Bir ankette, akademisyenlerin %94'ünün, kendi...

    I picked this book mostly for its title, i love alice in wonderland. and so i couldn't resist. I have conflicting feelings about the book, but first and far most I feel like I have to express how brilliant the author really is, you rarely happen to stumble upon such an open mind, and i...

    Questo libro, dal sottotitolo "Le origini evolutive delle credenze", parte mettendo subito in chiaro che l'autore vuole far piazza pulita di tutte le credenze, religiose e no, che non siano sostenute da prove scientifiche; la causalità la deve fare da padrona. Il leit motiv del libro ...

    "Non-medical causes of illness offered by psychiatric patients in a university hospital in the USA included 'God's Will' and the hex or evil eye. Psychoanalysis and Freudian views of the unconscious present us with a related set of beliefs that I think fit most comfortably with paranor...

    theme: biological perspectives on RELIGION Approached: the evolutionary roots of belief -main mechanism/concept: "THE BELIEF ENGINE":"that works on wholly unscientific principles: "It prefers quick decisions, it is bad with numbers, loves representativeness and sees patterns where ...

    This book starts so promising, but let me down less than halfway through. The evolution of belief is a very interesting subject, and having studied biology (just as Wolpert) I thought he would give the science based results of his studies on this subject. Instead of an exposition of th...

    The book's about the evolutionary origins of belief, which Wolpert ties to tool use, which is apparently not that common a theory, but it made sense. The basic idea is that human's ability to have causal beliefs, to wonder why something happened, is what gave us the ability to make com...

    I couldn't wait to get to this one! Professor Wolpert works at UCL where I was based as a student and staff member for 12 years. He is quite a character. I met him only a few times, once at a Q&A session that he moderated where I discovered that his wit and charm are both as big as...

    Very interesting look at the evolutionary origins of belief. From the dawn of early man, the author argues, the brain circuitry for religion developed as a result of his endeavours with early technology/tool manufacture. Comparisons are made between the effects of hallucinatory drugs...

    Although it's a very small book that can be read rather quickly, it's perfectly structured and the argument that belief or the search for a cause behind everything evolved from an understanding of cause and effect along with tool making seems plausible to me. Since the text is a bit...

    This book is excruciatingly dry and repetitive. He makes a one paragraph point and then spends 30 more pages restating it and supplying bland anecdotal evidence. I'll summarize the whole book for you: humans are the only animal that understands the concept of causation, and we've gotte...

    For a casual reader, it's a little repetitive and takes its time getting to the meat of the ideas behind the central hypothesis of the book: that believing things without requiring solid evidence first is an evolutionary adaptation that humans needed to be a successful species. Good re...

  • Steve Mitchell
    Jul 25, 2011

    While reading this my enjoyment of the book swayed from high to low and back again quite often. Since the book is only 219 pages long this pretty impressive. I've gone on and on in my latest reviews of Richard Dawkins books about the lack of citations, and here it is even worse. Da...

    Having believed more than my share of impossible things, I?ve gotten very interested in the thinking processes behind matters of belief. Evolutionary biologist Wolpert tackles this subject from a different angle than many in his field. Wolpert proposes that our development of tool us...

    You really don't need to buy this book if you are interested in its core idea. I could sum it up in one paragraph: Evolutionists have the challenge of explaining religion and beliefs among mankind. If our behavior and mind should demonstrate evolution reasoning, then why do we belie...

    How can people be so smart in some aspects but believe in the most unbelievable things that go against science and reason? In this book, the author offers his ideas on how we started forming beliefs. Beliefs, according to him, can be traced as far as tool making through which we start ...

    No real qualms with this one other than a lack of internal referencing. Wolpert gives tons of examples, but none of them are cited. "There have been studies..." etc. He supplies names along with some studies, but not many. He claims to be trying to convince the reader that belief comes...

    Six impossible things is very nice collection of anecdotes and arguments to explain the origin of the human species propensity to believe. Wolpert's thesis is that there is an evolutionary basis for our beliefs. He discusses the nature and historical background of belief from everyda...

    Pessimo libro. Un conto è fare divulgazione, un altro è scrivere inesattezze e riportare dati senza riferimenti bibliografici di alcun tipo. Ho iniziato a leggerlo per curiosità, ma mi sono resa conto dell'errore fin dalle prime pagine. La tesi generale è interessante e generalment...

    ?NANILMAZA ?NANMAK - ?NANI?LARIN EVR?MSEL KÖKEN? -?nan??lar mülkiyet ve kimlik gibi insanlara kendilerini iyi hissettiriyor. -Biyolojik ve geleneksel olarak görmek/varmak istedi?imize ula?maya ve inanmaya meyilliyiz. -Bir ankette, akademisyenlerin %94'ünün, kendi...

    I picked this book mostly for its title, i love alice in wonderland. and so i couldn't resist. I have conflicting feelings about the book, but first and far most I feel like I have to express how brilliant the author really is, you rarely happen to stumble upon such an open mind, and i...

    Questo libro, dal sottotitolo "Le origini evolutive delle credenze", parte mettendo subito in chiaro che l'autore vuole far piazza pulita di tutte le credenze, religiose e no, che non siano sostenute da prove scientifiche; la causalità la deve fare da padrona. Il leit motiv del libro ...

    "Non-medical causes of illness offered by psychiatric patients in a university hospital in the USA included 'God's Will' and the hex or evil eye. Psychoanalysis and Freudian views of the unconscious present us with a related set of beliefs that I think fit most comfortably with paranor...

    theme: biological perspectives on RELIGION Approached: the evolutionary roots of belief -main mechanism/concept: "THE BELIEF ENGINE":"that works on wholly unscientific principles: "It prefers quick decisions, it is bad with numbers, loves representativeness and sees patterns where ...

    This book starts so promising, but let me down less than halfway through. The evolution of belief is a very interesting subject, and having studied biology (just as Wolpert) I thought he would give the science based results of his studies on this subject. Instead of an exposition of th...

    The book's about the evolutionary origins of belief, which Wolpert ties to tool use, which is apparently not that common a theory, but it made sense. The basic idea is that human's ability to have causal beliefs, to wonder why something happened, is what gave us the ability to make com...

    I couldn't wait to get to this one! Professor Wolpert works at UCL where I was based as a student and staff member for 12 years. He is quite a character. I met him only a few times, once at a Q&A session that he moderated where I discovered that his wit and charm are both as big as...

    Very interesting look at the evolutionary origins of belief. From the dawn of early man, the author argues, the brain circuitry for religion developed as a result of his endeavours with early technology/tool manufacture. Comparisons are made between the effects of hallucinatory drugs...

    Although it's a very small book that can be read rather quickly, it's perfectly structured and the argument that belief or the search for a cause behind everything evolved from an understanding of cause and effect along with tool making seems plausible to me. Since the text is a bit...

    This book is excruciatingly dry and repetitive. He makes a one paragraph point and then spends 30 more pages restating it and supplying bland anecdotal evidence. I'll summarize the whole book for you: humans are the only animal that understands the concept of causation, and we've gotte...

    For a casual reader, it's a little repetitive and takes its time getting to the meat of the ideas behind the central hypothesis of the book: that believing things without requiring solid evidence first is an evolutionary adaptation that humans needed to be a successful species. Good re...

    The book was not as good as I thought it was going to be. It focused more on the subtilte part of the book. It was interesting. Although I thought his arguments could be valid, I did not think they were present very well. The debunking section was not that strong, and since that's why ...

    This is an interesting book. The author freely admits that the 'evidence' he presents is lacking. Often times I got to thinking about the examples cited and completely lost track of the central theme of the book. It is thought provoking, but it is a quick overview and not an in depth a...

    As usual Lewis Wolpert's writing style is very dense. The facts are stacked sentence by sentence, without too much explanation. You need to know about what he writes, to be able to follow this past-paced story. Regarding his thesis that tool use is at the origin of human causal thinkin...

    Very interesting ideas in this book. I only gave it 3 stars because the writing was dry and textbook-y at times, and the author's somewhat condescending attitude towards religious beliefs in a few places rubbed me the wrong way. But otherwise an interesting read on the evolution of bel...

    This is a rather unconvincing string of arguments, facts and descriptions of experiments and hypotheses. The chapters are reasonably arranged. For a scientific text there is a real dearth of sources, quotations and bibliography. Additionally, the text reads like a 100m sprint. ...

    i read turkish translation. A honest book about this thought on beliefs, religion and science. He tried to be fare on the nature and the need for believing. His points about "plain logic" are soo true... ...

    (Reviewed here by Dana Ream, the group organizer of the Meetup group "Cognitive Science Reading & Discussion Group".) ...

    A look into how belief in religion, astrology, alternative medicine and the like could be programmed into our brains and provide an evolutionary benefit. Not as extreme as ""The God Delusion"" by Richard Dawkins, but makes many of the same points. ...

  • Owlseyes
    Feb 09, 2013

    While reading this my enjoyment of the book swayed from high to low and back again quite often. Since the book is only 219 pages long this pretty impressive. I've gone on and on in my latest reviews of Richard Dawkins books about the lack of citations, and here it is even worse. Da...

    Having believed more than my share of impossible things, I?ve gotten very interested in the thinking processes behind matters of belief. Evolutionary biologist Wolpert tackles this subject from a different angle than many in his field. Wolpert proposes that our development of tool us...

    You really don't need to buy this book if you are interested in its core idea. I could sum it up in one paragraph: Evolutionists have the challenge of explaining religion and beliefs among mankind. If our behavior and mind should demonstrate evolution reasoning, then why do we belie...

    How can people be so smart in some aspects but believe in the most unbelievable things that go against science and reason? In this book, the author offers his ideas on how we started forming beliefs. Beliefs, according to him, can be traced as far as tool making through which we start ...

    No real qualms with this one other than a lack of internal referencing. Wolpert gives tons of examples, but none of them are cited. "There have been studies..." etc. He supplies names along with some studies, but not many. He claims to be trying to convince the reader that belief comes...

    Six impossible things is very nice collection of anecdotes and arguments to explain the origin of the human species propensity to believe. Wolpert's thesis is that there is an evolutionary basis for our beliefs. He discusses the nature and historical background of belief from everyda...

    Pessimo libro. Un conto è fare divulgazione, un altro è scrivere inesattezze e riportare dati senza riferimenti bibliografici di alcun tipo. Ho iniziato a leggerlo per curiosità, ma mi sono resa conto dell'errore fin dalle prime pagine. La tesi generale è interessante e generalment...

    ?NANILMAZA ?NANMAK - ?NANI?LARIN EVR?MSEL KÖKEN? -?nan??lar mülkiyet ve kimlik gibi insanlara kendilerini iyi hissettiriyor. -Biyolojik ve geleneksel olarak görmek/varmak istedi?imize ula?maya ve inanmaya meyilliyiz. -Bir ankette, akademisyenlerin %94'ünün, kendi...

    I picked this book mostly for its title, i love alice in wonderland. and so i couldn't resist. I have conflicting feelings about the book, but first and far most I feel like I have to express how brilliant the author really is, you rarely happen to stumble upon such an open mind, and i...

    Questo libro, dal sottotitolo "Le origini evolutive delle credenze", parte mettendo subito in chiaro che l'autore vuole far piazza pulita di tutte le credenze, religiose e no, che non siano sostenute da prove scientifiche; la causalità la deve fare da padrona. Il leit motiv del libro ...

    "Non-medical causes of illness offered by psychiatric patients in a university hospital in the USA included 'God's Will' and the hex or evil eye. Psychoanalysis and Freudian views of the unconscious present us with a related set of beliefs that I think fit most comfortably with paranor...

    theme: biological perspectives on RELIGION Approached: the evolutionary roots of belief -main mechanism/concept: "THE BELIEF ENGINE":"that works on wholly unscientific principles: "It prefers quick decisions, it is bad with numbers, loves representativeness and sees patterns where ...

  • Ferda Nihat Koksoy
    Jan 30, 2013

    While reading this my enjoyment of the book swayed from high to low and back again quite often. Since the book is only 219 pages long this pretty impressive. I've gone on and on in my latest reviews of Richard Dawkins books about the lack of citations, and here it is even worse. Da...

    Having believed more than my share of impossible things, I?ve gotten very interested in the thinking processes behind matters of belief. Evolutionary biologist Wolpert tackles this subject from a different angle than many in his field. Wolpert proposes that our development of tool us...

    You really don't need to buy this book if you are interested in its core idea. I could sum it up in one paragraph: Evolutionists have the challenge of explaining religion and beliefs among mankind. If our behavior and mind should demonstrate evolution reasoning, then why do we belie...

    How can people be so smart in some aspects but believe in the most unbelievable things that go against science and reason? In this book, the author offers his ideas on how we started forming beliefs. Beliefs, according to him, can be traced as far as tool making through which we start ...

    No real qualms with this one other than a lack of internal referencing. Wolpert gives tons of examples, but none of them are cited. "There have been studies..." etc. He supplies names along with some studies, but not many. He claims to be trying to convince the reader that belief comes...

    Six impossible things is very nice collection of anecdotes and arguments to explain the origin of the human species propensity to believe. Wolpert's thesis is that there is an evolutionary basis for our beliefs. He discusses the nature and historical background of belief from everyda...

    Pessimo libro. Un conto è fare divulgazione, un altro è scrivere inesattezze e riportare dati senza riferimenti bibliografici di alcun tipo. Ho iniziato a leggerlo per curiosità, ma mi sono resa conto dell'errore fin dalle prime pagine. La tesi generale è interessante e generalment...

    ?NANILMAZA ?NANMAK - ?NANI?LARIN EVR?MSEL KÖKEN? -?nan??lar mülkiyet ve kimlik gibi insanlara kendilerini iyi hissettiriyor. -Biyolojik ve geleneksel olarak görmek/varmak istedi?imize ula?maya ve inanmaya meyilliyiz. -Bir ankette, akademisyenlerin %94'ünün, kendi...

  • Dewi
    Jun 15, 2015

    While reading this my enjoyment of the book swayed from high to low and back again quite often. Since the book is only 219 pages long this pretty impressive. I've gone on and on in my latest reviews of Richard Dawkins books about the lack of citations, and here it is even worse. Da...

    Having believed more than my share of impossible things, I?ve gotten very interested in the thinking processes behind matters of belief. Evolutionary biologist Wolpert tackles this subject from a different angle than many in his field. Wolpert proposes that our development of tool us...

    You really don't need to buy this book if you are interested in its core idea. I could sum it up in one paragraph: Evolutionists have the challenge of explaining religion and beliefs among mankind. If our behavior and mind should demonstrate evolution reasoning, then why do we belie...

    How can people be so smart in some aspects but believe in the most unbelievable things that go against science and reason? In this book, the author offers his ideas on how we started forming beliefs. Beliefs, according to him, can be traced as far as tool making through which we start ...

    No real qualms with this one other than a lack of internal referencing. Wolpert gives tons of examples, but none of them are cited. "There have been studies..." etc. He supplies names along with some studies, but not many. He claims to be trying to convince the reader that belief comes...

    Six impossible things is very nice collection of anecdotes and arguments to explain the origin of the human species propensity to believe. Wolpert's thesis is that there is an evolutionary basis for our beliefs. He discusses the nature and historical background of belief from everyda...

    Pessimo libro. Un conto è fare divulgazione, un altro è scrivere inesattezze e riportare dati senza riferimenti bibliografici di alcun tipo. Ho iniziato a leggerlo per curiosità, ma mi sono resa conto dell'errore fin dalle prime pagine. La tesi generale è interessante e generalment...

    ?NANILMAZA ?NANMAK - ?NANI?LARIN EVR?MSEL KÖKEN? -?nan??lar mülkiyet ve kimlik gibi insanlara kendilerini iyi hissettiriyor. -Biyolojik ve geleneksel olarak görmek/varmak istedi?imize ula?maya ve inanmaya meyilliyiz. -Bir ankette, akademisyenlerin %94'ünün, kendi...

    I picked this book mostly for its title, i love alice in wonderland. and so i couldn't resist. I have conflicting feelings about the book, but first and far most I feel like I have to express how brilliant the author really is, you rarely happen to stumble upon such an open mind, and i...

    Questo libro, dal sottotitolo "Le origini evolutive delle credenze", parte mettendo subito in chiaro che l'autore vuole far piazza pulita di tutte le credenze, religiose e no, che non siano sostenute da prove scientifiche; la causalità la deve fare da padrona. Il leit motiv del libro ...

    "Non-medical causes of illness offered by psychiatric patients in a university hospital in the USA included 'God's Will' and the hex or evil eye. Psychoanalysis and Freudian views of the unconscious present us with a related set of beliefs that I think fit most comfortably with paranor...

    theme: biological perspectives on RELIGION Approached: the evolutionary roots of belief -main mechanism/concept: "THE BELIEF ENGINE":"that works on wholly unscientific principles: "It prefers quick decisions, it is bad with numbers, loves representativeness and sees patterns where ...

    This book starts so promising, but let me down less than halfway through. The evolution of belief is a very interesting subject, and having studied biology (just as Wolpert) I thought he would give the science based results of his studies on this subject. Instead of an exposition of th...

  • Uyar
    Jul 15, 2012

    While reading this my enjoyment of the book swayed from high to low and back again quite often. Since the book is only 219 pages long this pretty impressive. I've gone on and on in my latest reviews of Richard Dawkins books about the lack of citations, and here it is even worse. Da...

    Having believed more than my share of impossible things, I?ve gotten very interested in the thinking processes behind matters of belief. Evolutionary biologist Wolpert tackles this subject from a different angle than many in his field. Wolpert proposes that our development of tool us...

    You really don't need to buy this book if you are interested in its core idea. I could sum it up in one paragraph: Evolutionists have the challenge of explaining religion and beliefs among mankind. If our behavior and mind should demonstrate evolution reasoning, then why do we belie...

    How can people be so smart in some aspects but believe in the most unbelievable things that go against science and reason? In this book, the author offers his ideas on how we started forming beliefs. Beliefs, according to him, can be traced as far as tool making through which we start ...

    No real qualms with this one other than a lack of internal referencing. Wolpert gives tons of examples, but none of them are cited. "There have been studies..." etc. He supplies names along with some studies, but not many. He claims to be trying to convince the reader that belief comes...

    Six impossible things is very nice collection of anecdotes and arguments to explain the origin of the human species propensity to believe. Wolpert's thesis is that there is an evolutionary basis for our beliefs. He discusses the nature and historical background of belief from everyda...

    Pessimo libro. Un conto è fare divulgazione, un altro è scrivere inesattezze e riportare dati senza riferimenti bibliografici di alcun tipo. Ho iniziato a leggerlo per curiosità, ma mi sono resa conto dell'errore fin dalle prime pagine. La tesi generale è interessante e generalment...

    ?NANILMAZA ?NANMAK - ?NANI?LARIN EVR?MSEL KÖKEN? -?nan??lar mülkiyet ve kimlik gibi insanlara kendilerini iyi hissettiriyor. -Biyolojik ve geleneksel olarak görmek/varmak istedi?imize ula?maya ve inanmaya meyilliyiz. -Bir ankette, akademisyenlerin %94'ünün, kendi...

    I picked this book mostly for its title, i love alice in wonderland. and so i couldn't resist. I have conflicting feelings about the book, but first and far most I feel like I have to express how brilliant the author really is, you rarely happen to stumble upon such an open mind, and i...

    Questo libro, dal sottotitolo "Le origini evolutive delle credenze", parte mettendo subito in chiaro che l'autore vuole far piazza pulita di tutte le credenze, religiose e no, che non siano sostenute da prove scientifiche; la causalità la deve fare da padrona. Il leit motiv del libro ...

    "Non-medical causes of illness offered by psychiatric patients in a university hospital in the USA included 'God's Will' and the hex or evil eye. Psychoanalysis and Freudian views of the unconscious present us with a related set of beliefs that I think fit most comfortably with paranor...

    theme: biological perspectives on RELIGION Approached: the evolutionary roots of belief -main mechanism/concept: "THE BELIEF ENGINE":"that works on wholly unscientific principles: "It prefers quick decisions, it is bad with numbers, loves representativeness and sees patterns where ...

    This book starts so promising, but let me down less than halfway through. The evolution of belief is a very interesting subject, and having studied biology (just as Wolpert) I thought he would give the science based results of his studies on this subject. Instead of an exposition of th...

    The book's about the evolutionary origins of belief, which Wolpert ties to tool use, which is apparently not that common a theory, but it made sense. The basic idea is that human's ability to have causal beliefs, to wonder why something happened, is what gave us the ability to make com...

    I couldn't wait to get to this one! Professor Wolpert works at UCL where I was based as a student and staff member for 12 years. He is quite a character. I met him only a few times, once at a Q&A session that he moderated where I discovered that his wit and charm are both as big as...

    Very interesting look at the evolutionary origins of belief. From the dawn of early man, the author argues, the brain circuitry for religion developed as a result of his endeavours with early technology/tool manufacture. Comparisons are made between the effects of hallucinatory drugs...

    Although it's a very small book that can be read rather quickly, it's perfectly structured and the argument that belief or the search for a cause behind everything evolved from an understanding of cause and effect along with tool making seems plausible to me. Since the text is a bit...

    This book is excruciatingly dry and repetitive. He makes a one paragraph point and then spends 30 more pages restating it and supplying bland anecdotal evidence. I'll summarize the whole book for you: humans are the only animal that understands the concept of causation, and we've gotte...

    For a casual reader, it's a little repetitive and takes its time getting to the meat of the ideas behind the central hypothesis of the book: that believing things without requiring solid evidence first is an evolutionary adaptation that humans needed to be a successful species. Good re...

    The book was not as good as I thought it was going to be. It focused more on the subtilte part of the book. It was interesting. Although I thought his arguments could be valid, I did not think they were present very well. The debunking section was not that strong, and since that's why ...

    This is an interesting book. The author freely admits that the 'evidence' he presents is lacking. Often times I got to thinking about the examples cited and completely lost track of the central theme of the book. It is thought provoking, but it is a quick overview and not an in depth a...

    As usual Lewis Wolpert's writing style is very dense. The facts are stacked sentence by sentence, without too much explanation. You need to know about what he writes, to be able to follow this past-paced story. Regarding his thesis that tool use is at the origin of human causal thinkin...

    Very interesting ideas in this book. I only gave it 3 stars because the writing was dry and textbook-y at times, and the author's somewhat condescending attitude towards religious beliefs in a few places rubbed me the wrong way. But otherwise an interesting read on the evolution of bel...

    This is a rather unconvincing string of arguments, facts and descriptions of experiments and hypotheses. The chapters are reasonably arranged. For a scientific text there is a real dearth of sources, quotations and bibliography. Additionally, the text reads like a 100m sprint. ...

    i read turkish translation. A honest book about this thought on beliefs, religion and science. He tried to be fare on the nature and the need for believing. His points about "plain logic" are soo true... ...

  • Begüm Saçak
    Feb 10, 2017

    While reading this my enjoyment of the book swayed from high to low and back again quite often. Since the book is only 219 pages long this pretty impressive. I've gone on and on in my latest reviews of Richard Dawkins books about the lack of citations, and here it is even worse. Da...

    Having believed more than my share of impossible things, I?ve gotten very interested in the thinking processes behind matters of belief. Evolutionary biologist Wolpert tackles this subject from a different angle than many in his field. Wolpert proposes that our development of tool us...

    You really don't need to buy this book if you are interested in its core idea. I could sum it up in one paragraph: Evolutionists have the challenge of explaining religion and beliefs among mankind. If our behavior and mind should demonstrate evolution reasoning, then why do we belie...

    How can people be so smart in some aspects but believe in the most unbelievable things that go against science and reason? In this book, the author offers his ideas on how we started forming beliefs. Beliefs, according to him, can be traced as far as tool making through which we start ...

  • Paul De Belder
    Jan 08, 2013

    While reading this my enjoyment of the book swayed from high to low and back again quite often. Since the book is only 219 pages long this pretty impressive. I've gone on and on in my latest reviews of Richard Dawkins books about the lack of citations, and here it is even worse. Da...

    Having believed more than my share of impossible things, I?ve gotten very interested in the thinking processes behind matters of belief. Evolutionary biologist Wolpert tackles this subject from a different angle than many in his field. Wolpert proposes that our development of tool us...

    You really don't need to buy this book if you are interested in its core idea. I could sum it up in one paragraph: Evolutionists have the challenge of explaining religion and beliefs among mankind. If our behavior and mind should demonstrate evolution reasoning, then why do we belie...

    How can people be so smart in some aspects but believe in the most unbelievable things that go against science and reason? In this book, the author offers his ideas on how we started forming beliefs. Beliefs, according to him, can be traced as far as tool making through which we start ...

    No real qualms with this one other than a lack of internal referencing. Wolpert gives tons of examples, but none of them are cited. "There have been studies..." etc. He supplies names along with some studies, but not many. He claims to be trying to convince the reader that belief comes...

    Six impossible things is very nice collection of anecdotes and arguments to explain the origin of the human species propensity to believe. Wolpert's thesis is that there is an evolutionary basis for our beliefs. He discusses the nature and historical background of belief from everyda...

    Pessimo libro. Un conto è fare divulgazione, un altro è scrivere inesattezze e riportare dati senza riferimenti bibliografici di alcun tipo. Ho iniziato a leggerlo per curiosità, ma mi sono resa conto dell'errore fin dalle prime pagine. La tesi generale è interessante e generalment...

    ?NANILMAZA ?NANMAK - ?NANI?LARIN EVR?MSEL KÖKEN? -?nan??lar mülkiyet ve kimlik gibi insanlara kendilerini iyi hissettiriyor. -Biyolojik ve geleneksel olarak görmek/varmak istedi?imize ula?maya ve inanmaya meyilliyiz. -Bir ankette, akademisyenlerin %94'ünün, kendi...

    I picked this book mostly for its title, i love alice in wonderland. and so i couldn't resist. I have conflicting feelings about the book, but first and far most I feel like I have to express how brilliant the author really is, you rarely happen to stumble upon such an open mind, and i...

    Questo libro, dal sottotitolo "Le origini evolutive delle credenze", parte mettendo subito in chiaro che l'autore vuole far piazza pulita di tutte le credenze, religiose e no, che non siano sostenute da prove scientifiche; la causalità la deve fare da padrona. Il leit motiv del libro ...

    "Non-medical causes of illness offered by psychiatric patients in a university hospital in the USA included 'God's Will' and the hex or evil eye. Psychoanalysis and Freudian views of the unconscious present us with a related set of beliefs that I think fit most comfortably with paranor...

    theme: biological perspectives on RELIGION Approached: the evolutionary roots of belief -main mechanism/concept: "THE BELIEF ENGINE":"that works on wholly unscientific principles: "It prefers quick decisions, it is bad with numbers, loves representativeness and sees patterns where ...

    This book starts so promising, but let me down less than halfway through. The evolution of belief is a very interesting subject, and having studied biology (just as Wolpert) I thought he would give the science based results of his studies on this subject. Instead of an exposition of th...

    The book's about the evolutionary origins of belief, which Wolpert ties to tool use, which is apparently not that common a theory, but it made sense. The basic idea is that human's ability to have causal beliefs, to wonder why something happened, is what gave us the ability to make com...

    I couldn't wait to get to this one! Professor Wolpert works at UCL where I was based as a student and staff member for 12 years. He is quite a character. I met him only a few times, once at a Q&A session that he moderated where I discovered that his wit and charm are both as big as...

    Very interesting look at the evolutionary origins of belief. From the dawn of early man, the author argues, the brain circuitry for religion developed as a result of his endeavours with early technology/tool manufacture. Comparisons are made between the effects of hallucinatory drugs...

    Although it's a very small book that can be read rather quickly, it's perfectly structured and the argument that belief or the search for a cause behind everything evolved from an understanding of cause and effect along with tool making seems plausible to me. Since the text is a bit...

    This book is excruciatingly dry and repetitive. He makes a one paragraph point and then spends 30 more pages restating it and supplying bland anecdotal evidence. I'll summarize the whole book for you: humans are the only animal that understands the concept of causation, and we've gotte...

    For a casual reader, it's a little repetitive and takes its time getting to the meat of the ideas behind the central hypothesis of the book: that believing things without requiring solid evidence first is an evolutionary adaptation that humans needed to be a successful species. Good re...

    The book was not as good as I thought it was going to be. It focused more on the subtilte part of the book. It was interesting. Although I thought his arguments could be valid, I did not think they were present very well. The debunking section was not that strong, and since that's why ...

    This is an interesting book. The author freely admits that the 'evidence' he presents is lacking. Often times I got to thinking about the examples cited and completely lost track of the central theme of the book. It is thought provoking, but it is a quick overview and not an in depth a...

    As usual Lewis Wolpert's writing style is very dense. The facts are stacked sentence by sentence, without too much explanation. You need to know about what he writes, to be able to follow this past-paced story. Regarding his thesis that tool use is at the origin of human causal thinkin...

  • Steven Williams
    Apr 12, 2014

    While reading this my enjoyment of the book swayed from high to low and back again quite often. Since the book is only 219 pages long this pretty impressive. I've gone on and on in my latest reviews of Richard Dawkins books about the lack of citations, and here it is even worse. Da...

    Having believed more than my share of impossible things, I?ve gotten very interested in the thinking processes behind matters of belief. Evolutionary biologist Wolpert tackles this subject from a different angle than many in his field. Wolpert proposes that our development of tool us...

    You really don't need to buy this book if you are interested in its core idea. I could sum it up in one paragraph: Evolutionists have the challenge of explaining religion and beliefs among mankind. If our behavior and mind should demonstrate evolution reasoning, then why do we belie...

    How can people be so smart in some aspects but believe in the most unbelievable things that go against science and reason? In this book, the author offers his ideas on how we started forming beliefs. Beliefs, according to him, can be traced as far as tool making through which we start ...

    No real qualms with this one other than a lack of internal referencing. Wolpert gives tons of examples, but none of them are cited. "There have been studies..." etc. He supplies names along with some studies, but not many. He claims to be trying to convince the reader that belief comes...

    Six impossible things is very nice collection of anecdotes and arguments to explain the origin of the human species propensity to believe. Wolpert's thesis is that there is an evolutionary basis for our beliefs. He discusses the nature and historical background of belief from everyda...

    Pessimo libro. Un conto è fare divulgazione, un altro è scrivere inesattezze e riportare dati senza riferimenti bibliografici di alcun tipo. Ho iniziato a leggerlo per curiosità, ma mi sono resa conto dell'errore fin dalle prime pagine. La tesi generale è interessante e generalment...

    ?NANILMAZA ?NANMAK - ?NANI?LARIN EVR?MSEL KÖKEN? -?nan??lar mülkiyet ve kimlik gibi insanlara kendilerini iyi hissettiriyor. -Biyolojik ve geleneksel olarak görmek/varmak istedi?imize ula?maya ve inanmaya meyilliyiz. -Bir ankette, akademisyenlerin %94'ünün, kendi...

    I picked this book mostly for its title, i love alice in wonderland. and so i couldn't resist. I have conflicting feelings about the book, but first and far most I feel like I have to express how brilliant the author really is, you rarely happen to stumble upon such an open mind, and i...

    Questo libro, dal sottotitolo "Le origini evolutive delle credenze", parte mettendo subito in chiaro che l'autore vuole far piazza pulita di tutte le credenze, religiose e no, che non siano sostenute da prove scientifiche; la causalità la deve fare da padrona. Il leit motiv del libro ...

    "Non-medical causes of illness offered by psychiatric patients in a university hospital in the USA included 'God's Will' and the hex or evil eye. Psychoanalysis and Freudian views of the unconscious present us with a related set of beliefs that I think fit most comfortably with paranor...

    theme: biological perspectives on RELIGION Approached: the evolutionary roots of belief -main mechanism/concept: "THE BELIEF ENGINE":"that works on wholly unscientific principles: "It prefers quick decisions, it is bad with numbers, loves representativeness and sees patterns where ...

    This book starts so promising, but let me down less than halfway through. The evolution of belief is a very interesting subject, and having studied biology (just as Wolpert) I thought he would give the science based results of his studies on this subject. Instead of an exposition of th...

    The book's about the evolutionary origins of belief, which Wolpert ties to tool use, which is apparently not that common a theory, but it made sense. The basic idea is that human's ability to have causal beliefs, to wonder why something happened, is what gave us the ability to make com...

    I couldn't wait to get to this one! Professor Wolpert works at UCL where I was based as a student and staff member for 12 years. He is quite a character. I met him only a few times, once at a Q&A session that he moderated where I discovered that his wit and charm are both as big as...

    Very interesting look at the evolutionary origins of belief. From the dawn of early man, the author argues, the brain circuitry for religion developed as a result of his endeavours with early technology/tool manufacture. Comparisons are made between the effects of hallucinatory drugs...

    Although it's a very small book that can be read rather quickly, it's perfectly structured and the argument that belief or the search for a cause behind everything evolved from an understanding of cause and effect along with tool making seems plausible to me. Since the text is a bit...

    This book is excruciatingly dry and repetitive. He makes a one paragraph point and then spends 30 more pages restating it and supplying bland anecdotal evidence. I'll summarize the whole book for you: humans are the only animal that understands the concept of causation, and we've gotte...

    For a casual reader, it's a little repetitive and takes its time getting to the meat of the ideas behind the central hypothesis of the book: that believing things without requiring solid evidence first is an evolutionary adaptation that humans needed to be a successful species. Good re...

    The book was not as good as I thought it was going to be. It focused more on the subtilte part of the book. It was interesting. Although I thought his arguments could be valid, I did not think they were present very well. The debunking section was not that strong, and since that's why ...

  • Pstories
    Nov 29, 2015

    While reading this my enjoyment of the book swayed from high to low and back again quite often. Since the book is only 219 pages long this pretty impressive. I've gone on and on in my latest reviews of Richard Dawkins books about the lack of citations, and here it is even worse. Da...

    Having believed more than my share of impossible things, I?ve gotten very interested in the thinking processes behind matters of belief. Evolutionary biologist Wolpert tackles this subject from a different angle than many in his field. Wolpert proposes that our development of tool us...

    You really don't need to buy this book if you are interested in its core idea. I could sum it up in one paragraph: Evolutionists have the challenge of explaining religion and beliefs among mankind. If our behavior and mind should demonstrate evolution reasoning, then why do we belie...

    How can people be so smart in some aspects but believe in the most unbelievable things that go against science and reason? In this book, the author offers his ideas on how we started forming beliefs. Beliefs, according to him, can be traced as far as tool making through which we start ...

    No real qualms with this one other than a lack of internal referencing. Wolpert gives tons of examples, but none of them are cited. "There have been studies..." etc. He supplies names along with some studies, but not many. He claims to be trying to convince the reader that belief comes...

    Six impossible things is very nice collection of anecdotes and arguments to explain the origin of the human species propensity to believe. Wolpert's thesis is that there is an evolutionary basis for our beliefs. He discusses the nature and historical background of belief from everyda...

    Pessimo libro. Un conto è fare divulgazione, un altro è scrivere inesattezze e riportare dati senza riferimenti bibliografici di alcun tipo. Ho iniziato a leggerlo per curiosità, ma mi sono resa conto dell'errore fin dalle prime pagine. La tesi generale è interessante e generalment...

    ?NANILMAZA ?NANMAK - ?NANI?LARIN EVR?MSEL KÖKEN? -?nan??lar mülkiyet ve kimlik gibi insanlara kendilerini iyi hissettiriyor. -Biyolojik ve geleneksel olarak görmek/varmak istedi?imize ula?maya ve inanmaya meyilliyiz. -Bir ankette, akademisyenlerin %94'ünün, kendi...

    I picked this book mostly for its title, i love alice in wonderland. and so i couldn't resist. I have conflicting feelings about the book, but first and far most I feel like I have to express how brilliant the author really is, you rarely happen to stumble upon such an open mind, and i...

    Questo libro, dal sottotitolo "Le origini evolutive delle credenze", parte mettendo subito in chiaro che l'autore vuole far piazza pulita di tutte le credenze, religiose e no, che non siano sostenute da prove scientifiche; la causalità la deve fare da padrona. Il leit motiv del libro ...

    "Non-medical causes of illness offered by psychiatric patients in a university hospital in the USA included 'God's Will' and the hex or evil eye. Psychoanalysis and Freudian views of the unconscious present us with a related set of beliefs that I think fit most comfortably with paranor...

    theme: biological perspectives on RELIGION Approached: the evolutionary roots of belief -main mechanism/concept: "THE BELIEF ENGINE":"that works on wholly unscientific principles: "It prefers quick decisions, it is bad with numbers, loves representativeness and sees patterns where ...

    This book starts so promising, but let me down less than halfway through. The evolution of belief is a very interesting subject, and having studied biology (just as Wolpert) I thought he would give the science based results of his studies on this subject. Instead of an exposition of th...

    The book's about the evolutionary origins of belief, which Wolpert ties to tool use, which is apparently not that common a theory, but it made sense. The basic idea is that human's ability to have causal beliefs, to wonder why something happened, is what gave us the ability to make com...

    I couldn't wait to get to this one! Professor Wolpert works at UCL where I was based as a student and staff member for 12 years. He is quite a character. I met him only a few times, once at a Q&A session that he moderated where I discovered that his wit and charm are both as big as...

    Very interesting look at the evolutionary origins of belief. From the dawn of early man, the author argues, the brain circuitry for religion developed as a result of his endeavours with early technology/tool manufacture. Comparisons are made between the effects of hallucinatory drugs...

    Although it's a very small book that can be read rather quickly, it's perfectly structured and the argument that belief or the search for a cause behind everything evolved from an understanding of cause and effect along with tool making seems plausible to me. Since the text is a bit...

    This book is excruciatingly dry and repetitive. He makes a one paragraph point and then spends 30 more pages restating it and supplying bland anecdotal evidence. I'll summarize the whole book for you: humans are the only animal that understands the concept of causation, and we've gotte...

    For a casual reader, it's a little repetitive and takes its time getting to the meat of the ideas behind the central hypothesis of the book: that believing things without requiring solid evidence first is an evolutionary adaptation that humans needed to be a successful species. Good re...

    The book was not as good as I thought it was going to be. It focused more on the subtilte part of the book. It was interesting. Although I thought his arguments could be valid, I did not think they were present very well. The debunking section was not that strong, and since that's why ...

    This is an interesting book. The author freely admits that the 'evidence' he presents is lacking. Often times I got to thinking about the examples cited and completely lost track of the central theme of the book. It is thought provoking, but it is a quick overview and not an in depth a...

    As usual Lewis Wolpert's writing style is very dense. The facts are stacked sentence by sentence, without too much explanation. You need to know about what he writes, to be able to follow this past-paced story. Regarding his thesis that tool use is at the origin of human causal thinkin...

    Very interesting ideas in this book. I only gave it 3 stars because the writing was dry and textbook-y at times, and the author's somewhat condescending attitude towards religious beliefs in a few places rubbed me the wrong way. But otherwise an interesting read on the evolution of bel...

    This is a rather unconvincing string of arguments, facts and descriptions of experiments and hypotheses. The chapters are reasonably arranged. For a scientific text there is a real dearth of sources, quotations and bibliography. Additionally, the text reads like a 100m sprint. ...

  • John Budding
    Feb 09, 2018

    While reading this my enjoyment of the book swayed from high to low and back again quite often. Since the book is only 219 pages long this pretty impressive. I've gone on and on in my latest reviews of Richard Dawkins books about the lack of citations, and here it is even worse. Da...

    Having believed more than my share of impossible things, I?ve gotten very interested in the thinking processes behind matters of belief. Evolutionary biologist Wolpert tackles this subject from a different angle than many in his field. Wolpert proposes that our development of tool us...

    You really don't need to buy this book if you are interested in its core idea. I could sum it up in one paragraph: Evolutionists have the challenge of explaining religion and beliefs among mankind. If our behavior and mind should demonstrate evolution reasoning, then why do we belie...

    How can people be so smart in some aspects but believe in the most unbelievable things that go against science and reason? In this book, the author offers his ideas on how we started forming beliefs. Beliefs, according to him, can be traced as far as tool making through which we start ...

    No real qualms with this one other than a lack of internal referencing. Wolpert gives tons of examples, but none of them are cited. "There have been studies..." etc. He supplies names along with some studies, but not many. He claims to be trying to convince the reader that belief comes...

    Six impossible things is very nice collection of anecdotes and arguments to explain the origin of the human species propensity to believe. Wolpert's thesis is that there is an evolutionary basis for our beliefs. He discusses the nature and historical background of belief from everyda...

  • Selene Arfini
    Oct 27, 2017

    While reading this my enjoyment of the book swayed from high to low and back again quite often. Since the book is only 219 pages long this pretty impressive. I've gone on and on in my latest reviews of Richard Dawkins books about the lack of citations, and here it is even worse. Da...

    Having believed more than my share of impossible things, I?ve gotten very interested in the thinking processes behind matters of belief. Evolutionary biologist Wolpert tackles this subject from a different angle than many in his field. Wolpert proposes that our development of tool us...

    You really don't need to buy this book if you are interested in its core idea. I could sum it up in one paragraph: Evolutionists have the challenge of explaining religion and beliefs among mankind. If our behavior and mind should demonstrate evolution reasoning, then why do we belie...

    How can people be so smart in some aspects but believe in the most unbelievable things that go against science and reason? In this book, the author offers his ideas on how we started forming beliefs. Beliefs, according to him, can be traced as far as tool making through which we start ...

    No real qualms with this one other than a lack of internal referencing. Wolpert gives tons of examples, but none of them are cited. "There have been studies..." etc. He supplies names along with some studies, but not many. He claims to be trying to convince the reader that belief comes...

    Six impossible things is very nice collection of anecdotes and arguments to explain the origin of the human species propensity to believe. Wolpert's thesis is that there is an evolutionary basis for our beliefs. He discusses the nature and historical background of belief from everyda...

    Pessimo libro. Un conto è fare divulgazione, un altro è scrivere inesattezze e riportare dati senza riferimenti bibliografici di alcun tipo. Ho iniziato a leggerlo per curiosità, ma mi sono resa conto dell'errore fin dalle prime pagine. La tesi generale è interessante e generalment...