Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast

Lewis Wolpert

A groundbreaking popular science book, examining the evolutionary origins of belief.

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Why does every society around the world have a religious tradition of some sort? Professor Lewis Wolpert investigates the nature of belief and its causes. He looks at belief’s psychological basis and its possible evolutionary origins in physical cause and effect.

Wolpert explores the different types of belief – including that of animals, of children, of the religious, and of those suffering from psychiatric disorders. And he asks whether it is possible to live without belief at all, or whether it is a necessary component of a functioning society.

Critic Reviews

It is a measure of how engaging a writer [Wolpert] is that his tone in this fascinating book is never mocking or self-righteous.

The Sunday Times
Critic Reviews

The upshot (in noted contrast to Richard Dawkins's recent bestseller The God Delusion) is that we should accept and even celebrate our need to believe.

The Independent on Sunday

Lewis Wolpert is a distinguished developmental biologist, and is Emeritus Professor in Cell and Developmental Biology at University College, London. He is the author of, among others, The Unnatural Nature of Science and Malignant Sadness, which was described by Anthony Storr as ‘the most objective short account of all the various approaches to depression’. His most recent book, You’re Looking…

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