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Needs a good edit,
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This review is from: The Believing Brain: From Spiritual Faiths to Political Convictions – How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths. (Paperback)
This book is rather frustrating as the author indulges in a wide range of rambling and often irrelevant material. For example, the whole of Part 1 is not needed at all; the interesting ideas are introduced in Part 2. The concepts of patternicity and agenticity do make sense and are appropriately argued with varying degrees of rigour. The book presents theory and illustrates it with examples so the needs of both strongly conceptual and practical readers are met. Part 2 is by far the most interesting part of the book. Then it goes down hill as we are introduced to concepts such as afterlife, aliens and conspiracy theories. The text is long and makes its points slowly and with insufficient care and attention. It rather loses its way. The book makes pretences to be informed by academic research from psychology but senses that this has been done very selectively and without full regard to the body of knowledge and established concepts in this field.
On the whole this book is a disappointment. There are some interesting points in here, but they could have been made in a book of about one third of the length.