Congratulations to Agustín Fuentes, winner of the ISSR (Inaugural International Society for Science and Religion) Book Prize in the Field of Science and Religion in the ‘popular’ category. Fuentes’ book Why We Believe: Evolution and the Human Way of Being (Yale University Press) gives a clear account of how our capacity for belief has evolved and its importance in human societies. Fuentes argues that the capacity to be religious is actually a small part of a larger and deeper human capacity to believe.
"Not only a very engaging book, but one that provokes thought....Fuentes...offers what is, to my knowledge, the first comprehensive etiological view of the origins and evolution of belief as an essential component of the human niche."—Luis Oviedo, ESSSAT News & Reviews"A wholly impressive look at how our capacity for belief evolved, with fresh insights, especially about early Homo sapiens. I found Fuentes’ case studies on religion, economics, and love fascinating."—Barbara J. King, author of Evolving God