If one is comfortable with what one has been taught, the author asks, why should anything ever be questioned? Are we actually educated, or are we indoctrinated into popular interpretations? After traveling throughout the world as an applications engineer, far from his small-town upbringing, the author began to scrutinize the roots of how he viewed his place in the universe. The conclusions he reached altered his life and beliefs, and fundamentally transformed him as a human being. Big Bang? God created the heavens and the Earth? Where should we place our faith? These questions are about emotion as much as intellect, and Forbes has performed extensive research and drawn cogent and convincing-indeed, inarguable- conclusions. Deceptive Influences: Life's Emotional Opinion of God and Evolution assesses the motivations and theories of evolution from the cellular to the cosmic, and makes eminently logical and all-but-unanswerable demands of its very foundations.