The Religion Virus: Why We Believe in God Paperback – 19 Apr 2013
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Like a selfish gene or a parasite, the religion virus catches a free ride in the minds of our species, infecting our history and culture. What Guns, Germs and Steel did for anthropology, this book does for faith. It puts the pieces together into a fascinating, coherent model that makes sense! --Dan Barker, President, Freedom From Religion Foundation
Craig A. James has written an accessible book on evolution and religion that manages to explain memetics while being both funny and touching. --Wes Unruh, author, The Art of Memetics, editor of alteratic.com
Full of powerful, ground-breaking ideas, packaged in a deceptively simple, easy-reading style. James has created one of those rare books where, every few pages, I find myself thinking, "I need to send a copy of this to so-and-so." This is the most fun I've had reading non-fiction in a long time. --Phil Steele, Editor, Fragment and The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
By day, Craig A. James is a computer scientist who studied artificial intelligence, linguistics and genetic algorithms at Stanford University. By night, he studies religion, sociology, psychology and memetics (how ideas spread across society and down through history). James is an accomplished guitarist, a tolerable clarinet player and a deep-sea sailor. He is married and is the father of three grown kids who pursue their dreams with passion. In his spare time, he enjoys biking, hiking Southern California's beautiful beaches and traveling the world.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book puts evolution of the mind where it should be.
Cogratulations to Craig A James.
A compelling argument for not subjecting our children to religions or superstitions in their early years.
Memes and how they evolve is clearly explained, and illustrated, a process that we all should be aware of,
in addition to what we already know of genes and genetic evolution.
Craig James takes you on a tour that includes genetic evolution, the history of religion, memes, quotes from famous non-believers and skeptics, and personal interludes. Using the concept of memes, Craig shows how religions evolved. His writing style is informal and engaging--it made his book a thoroughly enjoyable read!
His contribution to the topic can only help humanity make peace with itself.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An interesting book. It offers an explanation which is plausible. As with most 'viral' infections there is little likelihood of a cure. Fascinating!Published 12 months ago by David Wyllie
Thought provoking explanation of why religion appeals so much. Open mind is essential before you open the book though.Published 16 months ago by NobelNigel
Craig James very successfully compares and contrasts the evolution of genes in species, with the evolution and (some disastrous) effects of 'memes', since humans evolved the... Read morePublished on 11 Feb. 2014 by Jim Whitefield
The truth of what James says is evident all around us. Well thought out ideas that are also explained very well.Published on 13 Sept. 2013 by D Reynolds
Although Hitchens and Dawkins are great at arguing their case against religion, they don't capture as well as this book why people are attracted to it. Read morePublished on 27 April 2013 by M. McCall
I kept asking myself the question of why so many intelligent people believe in religion and even worse when the teachings are believed in the literal sense. Read morePublished on 23 April 2013 by chris timlin