"I very much enjoyed the account of your spiritual journey, and believe that it would make excellent reading for every college student. The resultant residence-hall debates would be the best part of their education. It often occurs to me that if, against all odds, there is a judgmental God and heaven, it will come to pass that when the pearly gates open, those who had the valor to think for themselves will be escorted to the head of the line, garlanded, and given their own personal audience."
-Edward O. Wilson, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner
"This cult classic in many ways parallels Rene Descartes' search for reliable and certain knowledge. Drawing on such disciplines as philosophy, psychology, anthropology and biology, Alper argues that our belief in a spiritual realm is the product of an evolutionary adaptation—a coping mechanism—that emerged in us to help our species deal with the fear of death. Highly recommended."
"Alper uses a Socratic method to brilliantly and flawlessly argue that our concepts of God are derived from the mechanics of the brain...enormously important...full of scientific and philosophical truths."
"All 6 billion plus inhabitants of Earth should be in possession of this book. Alper's tome should be placed in the sacred writings section of libraries, bookstores, and dwellings throughout the world. Matthew Alper is the new Galileo. Immensely important. Defines in a clear and concise manner what each of us already knew but were afraid to admit and exclaim. The cats out of the bag."
-John Scoggins, Ph.D.
-Art Bell, "Coast to Coast am"
"This is an essential book for those in search of a scientific understanding of man's spiritual nature. Matthew Alper navigates the reader through a labyrinth of intriguing questions and then offers undoubtedly clear answers that lead to a better understanding of our objective reality."
-Elena Rusyn, MD, Ph.D.; Gray Laboratory; Harvard Medical School
"A lively manifesto. For the discipline’s specific application to the matter at hand, I’ve seen nothing that matches the fury of “The ‘God’ Part of the Brain,” which perhaps explains why it’s earned something of a cult following." -Salon.com
"Alper deftly pries open the human mind offering us a rare glance into its secret inner workings—including the tricks it plays on us—most particularly the one in which it tells us to believe in a transcendental reality: spirits, gods and the like…just to make us feel better or, as Alper puts it, "in order to enable us to survive our unique awareness of death." I would go as far as to say that through this work, Alper has solved the problem of God. Though it may have been Nietzsche who initially speculated that God was dead, I believe Alper has plunged the final dagger." -Allen Kane Ph.D.