This is a super-lead title to be supported with marketing spend. Contentious subject matter guarantees widespread publicity. This is an intelligent response to anti-God Dawkins debate. This is a new perspective on this incendiary issue. It comes from a popular, well-respected scientist and psychologist based in the UK, and from an award-winning columnist. There will be a comprehensive PR campaign to follow. Does god really exist or is he just a way of thinking? Is there really a God who cares about you? Is there really a special reason that you are here? Will your soul live on after you die? Or, alternatively, are God, souls and destiny simply a set of seductive cognitive illusions, one that can be accounted for by the unusual evolution of the human brain? "The God Instinct" explores how people's everyday thoughts, behaviours and emotions betray an innate tendency to reason as though God were deeply invested in their public lives and secret affairs. In this entertaining and thought-provoking book, Jesse Bering unravels the evolutionary mystery of why we grapple for meaning, purpose and destiny in life. He argues that God is not merely an idea to be entertained or discarded based on the evidence. Nor is God a cultural invention, an existential band-aid, an opiate of the masses. Instead, Bering proposes, God is a way of thinking - one that evolved through our ancestors, millions of years ago, to keep us in check and give us the edge on our competitors. While a belief in higher forces may seem ridiculous to some, "The God Instinct" shows that it is hardwired into our genetic make-up, and carries with it massive evolutionary benefits.