The Neuroscience of Belief


Beliefs have played a vital part in human history.

On the positive side, they enable society to function. We believe that the sun is going to come up tomorrow, that her place of work will be there, and our schools for children. We believe that when we go to the bank there will be money there beliefs are so important for society to function.

On the other hand, beliefs can cause terrible human misery. The murderous Crusades, the execution of heretics, and burning of witches were all based on beliefs. Today beliefs are causing havoc in the Middle East, causing conflicts between Shia & Sunni Muslims and leading suicide terrorists to kill masses of innocent people because they think it's what God wants them to do. Closer to home, the President of the United States says global warming is a hoax.

There's a lot to be said about beliefs, and while they have been important through human history, they can cause havoc today more than ever before.


Peter Seidel will introduce us to a talk given by Professor Steven Novella, M.D., Yale School of Medicine, author of Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills. There is also a lecture series of the same name which is one of the offerings available through The Great Courses series. We look forward to an interesting presentation and discussion.

We know Peter as an author, futurist concerned about the environment and long-time FIG member.


Free Inquiry Group Meeting

Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Held at

First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati

536 Linton St.

Cincinnati, OH  45219

At Reading Rd., 3 blocks north of William Howard Taft Rd./I-71 exit