Being Certain You Are Right Even When You’re Not: What Research Tells Us About Why We Believe What We Believe

The bad news: in the end, all beliefs (yes, even religious ones) have their root in the reliably fallible brain. The good news: correct understanding of the brain can lead to less arrogance about one’s own beliefs and more tolerance of those who think differently. This paper explores the neuroscience behind how beliefs are formed, focusing particularly on brain scanning and “the feeling of knowing.”

Norm Koller