Why Sane People Believe Crazy Things: How Belief Can Help or Hurt Social Peace
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"Impressively nuanced analysis ... Palmer expertly surveys the historical development of belief, furnishing a philosophical tour that pays close attention to religion ... He navigates turbid academic waters with informality and light-handed grace ... A thoughtful consideration of torrid intellectual disputes."
-- Kirkus Reviews
"Well-reasoned and thoughtful ... Shows that it's possible even for those who hold vastly different beliefs to engage in convivial, rational, and reasonable discussions ... not only interesting, but vital to living."
-- Foreword Reviews
"Palmer applies philosophy and religious scholarship to illuminate what it means to hold a belief, show why beliefs often divide us, and argue that divergent beliefs conflict less than we realize."
"This book is well argued and broadly researched. It has challenged me to think more carefully about the basis of my beliefs. That is the best measure of its success."
-- William DiPuccio, Ph.D.
"I got a kick out of the chapter on Spinoza. It's quite a feat how the book bridges the gap between the ancients and the moderns. This one book could easily absorb an entire year of teaching at college."
-- Lindy Hayes, Attorney-at-Law