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Dr. Stephen L. DeFelice presents a new and intriguing way to explore the question of the existence of a personal God. This book has a lot to offer believers, agnostics (i.e., “Maybe-Ists”), those who believe in what the author calls “Scientism,” and even die-hard atheists. His original concept of “The Emoji Brain” is fascinating, not only in and of itself, but also, in how it relates to how we perceive and how we know. This may be the only book you ever read that makes “epistemology” fun!

– Michael Mannion, New York City

I think you could capture quite a wide demographic with the book, from believers to non, (I’m a born-again atheist/former Roman Catholic, and the discussion floats my proverbial boat).

Then there’s the curious, the students, the learners, all types of academics, those who didn’t know they were even interested in such a thing…the book is well-written and as such, neither panders nor goes over the head.

– Linda Nagle, United Kingdom

I read this book with a lot of interest.  I found it full of deep thoughts and culture but not at all “heavy” or boring.

In Italy, we often say that people make easy things difficult by adding the useless.

This book is exactly the contrary: it makes difficult things easy by focusing only on the essentials.

After a clear examination of facts on a number of subjects, including how the Emoji brain operates, my impression is that there is not much room left to counter his argument supporting the existence of a personal God.

Last but not least: thanks to this physician, Stephen L. De Felice, for challenging us to make up our minds on subjects that should be key in our life while they are currently so disregarded.

– Bruno Modanesi, Italy
 
Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars                                 A Unique Perspective
November 5, 2018

Grappling with the meaning and makings of existence is no small task, and despite this book’s slim nature, Dr. DeFelice approaches that lofty undertaking head-on, seeking to illuminate oft-ignored areas of belief that lie between a deeply polarized society’s extremes of godliness and godlessness. Part autobiography, part philosophical investigation, Maybe-Ism: The Emoji Brain in Search of a Personal God shows us how each person’s quest for the seemingly unknowable can exist alongside a wealth of objectively quantified scientific knowledge. Here, blind faith in the apparent perfection of science and blind faith in the apparent perfection of scripture are both treated with an equal amount of skepticism. As Dr. DeFelice states early on in the book, “All systems are faulty.” Still, he provides clarity where others are often mired in confusion, and invites us to think about our existence without fear, going so far as to explore the very nature of thought itself to dispel common falsehoods that unravel the logic of some of the most widely accepted epistemological arguments. Whether you’re a devout Christian or a stalwart Atheist, this book offers a unique perspective on how we comprehend what many of us feel is incomprehensible.
 
Max Albrecht, Florida
5.0 out of 5 stars                                             Amazing Read!
November 30, 2018

There is a critical message in this book regarding men and women who are desperately trying to escape from the curse of addiction from alcohol, heroin and other life-destroying addictive substances. Generally speaking, an essential element of treatment is to heavily stress the supportive role of God as an aid to kick the habit. I know this to be true because I myself struggled with drugs and alcohol. Finding a personal relationship with God is what changed my life and set me on a straight path. It’s interesting to note that Alcoholic Anonymous has broadened its concept of God from the biblical God to the God of choice of each individual being treated, which brings us to the book which effectively supports the existence of God for all and not for any particular religion.
What, however is happening is that when outside of the treatment centers the patients are increasingly being exposed to our exploding powerful anti-God movement threatening to weaken the otherwise therapeutic approaches. Because of this there is an urgent and immediate need that the leaders of the addiction treatment community read Dr. DeFelice’s book and simplify his complex and highly convincing arguments in a way that fits their therapeutic approaches and which patients easily understand.
 
Endorfina, Italy
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Thought Provoking Must Read for Agnostics, Atheists, Religious Leaders & College Students
November 26, 2018

In this enlightening and intellectually challenging book, Dr. DeFelice’s primary mission is to expose the growing anti-God movement by addressing the deficiencies of Scientism, the belief that science only can lead us to truth, as well as the deficiencies of all philosophical arguments against the existence of a personal God. He does this by a compelling creative approach of the Emoji brain and how it works and how it is far more reliable when tackling the existence of such a transcendental being. He purposefully avoids the support of any particular religion but only the existence of such a God which all religions can use to support their particular beliefs. It is a must and challenging read for agnostic, atheistic and religious thought leaders as well as university students who are both increasingly exposed to unopposed anti-God teachings and seeking truth.
 
Richard Griggs, NJ                           A Very Challenging Read
December 6, 2018

With the ascendancy of the “Nones”, Steve DeFelice’s book could not have come at a more propitious time. Where are you on the religious spectrum? Despite the title Steve does not let you off the hook. A very challenging read.
 
JB, NJ                                    Thanks for Opening our Minds
December 12, 2018

Read your book “Maybe-ism.”  Could not put it down once I started.  Your erudite examination of the ultimate question of existence was fascinating to me. Your book seems to be an empirical remedy to the scientific approach.  Since there is no factual certainty, I take the “Aquinas” basis and rely on faith.  Thanks for opening our minds.
 
Avery Smith, California
Unique Perspective on How We Comprehend the Incomprehensible

Grappling with the meaning and makings of existence is no small task, and despite this book’s slim nature, Dr. DeFelice approaches that lofty undertaking head-on, seeking to illuminate oft-ignored areas of belief that lie between a deeply polarized society’s extremes of godliness and godlessness. Part autobiography, part philosophical investigation, Maybe-Ism: The Emoji Brain in Search of a Personal God shows us how each person’s quest for the seemingly unknowable can exist alongside a wealth of objectively quantified scientific knowledge. Here, blind faith in the apparent perfection of science and blind faith in the apparent perfection of scripture are both treated with an equal amount of skepticism. As Dr. DeFelice states early on in the book, “All systems are faulty.” Still, he provides clarity where others are often mired in confusion, and invites us to think about our existence without fear, going so far as to explore the very nature of thought itself to dispel common falsehoods that unravel the logic of some of the most widely accepted epistemological arguments. Whether you’re a devout Christian or a stalwart Atheist, this book offers a unique perspective on how we comprehend what many of us feel is incomprehensible.
 
Zach Edwards, Texas          
A Must-read Prescription for Self-reflection

Dr. Stephen DeFelice’s newest book is less of a diagnosis of our growing selfie-crazed society and more of prescription for self-reflection to ensure those who are interested in preventing their own personal and moral shift towards narcissism have the tools to think beyond the next Instagram post or viral video. For anyone looking to challenge themselves and their perception of “online moral equivalency” beyond a pithy tweet, his book is a must-read.

Zach Edwards, Texas