Michael Shermer is the founding editor of Skeptic Magazine and holds a Ph.D. in history of science.
This book take a deep, deep look at the fundamental, scientific reasons why we, as humans, tend to believe. How did these ideas develop in our history? How are they beneficial (or detrimental) to us? Do we even realize the true reason for certain things that we do?
Let me say that Shermer is not by any accounts a militant atheist. He is often kind and generous and examines God, religion, and myth “not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn, but to understand.”
Approach this book with an open mind and you will be rewarded.