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An Almighty Alpha: the Evolutionary Roots of Belief

Have you ever wondered where the widespread belief in gods comes from? My book explores the evolutionary roots of belief.

An Almighty Alpha: the Evolutionary Roots of Belief

Have you ever wondered where the widespread belief in gods comes from? My book explores the evolutionary roots of belief.

$685
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, October 22 2014 12:03 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated October 24, 2014

About

I have recently completed a thought-provoking and likely controversial book; one that develops the thesis that belief in gods relies, at least in part, upon a projection of our primate instincts beyond the real.

With years of research in my rear-view mirror, and a tall stack of pages on my desk, now comes the easy part, right? Unfortunately not. As writers well know, what comes next is the difficult part: the feedback-guided revisions, the polishing, the promotion.

With funds raised I hope to hire professionals to bring my book to its fullest potential. A very competent editor has already been lined up. I look forward to working with him.

Stretch goals? A) Adding a savvy publicist to the team. 2) An extended book tour (speaking engagements) for the summer of 2015.

Here is a brief peek at what's in the book:

 [*all chimpanzee images are based on photos by Frans de Waal and used his permission]

Risks and challenges

1. Time and energy. Like many writers, I wear a number of hats. A successfully funded campaign would motivate me to commit 100% to the project. Fortunately, I have flexibility with my other projects and am something of a workaholic.

2. A schism may arise between my vision and that of an editor/publisher. My attitude: If a cartoon book book best presents the material, fine -- so long as the content and attitude is one of free-thinking, educated skepticism. Because my expertise is limited, I seek the knowledge and skills of others.

3. Harassment by those who believe some topics should be off-limits to critical examination. My response to these types – let them have their temper-tantrums. If and when they want to enter into thoughtful dialogue, I’ll engage.

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