Against the Grain

The Evolution of Belief

Belief conjures up political fanaticism and blind religiosity.  But evolutionary anthropologist Agustín Fuentes argues that belief is also connected to our capacities to imagine, create, and change the world for the better. He reflects on why the ability to commit passionately and wholeheartedly to an idea is a central part of what makes us human.


Agustín Fuentes, Why We Believe: Evolution and the Human Way of Being Yale University Press, 2019

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