9780805070897

Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time

ISBN 10: 0805070893 / 0-8050-7089-3
ISBN 13: 9780805070897
Publisher: Owl Books
Publication Date: 2002
Binding: Softcover
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Revised and Expanded Edition.
In this age of supposed scientific enlightenment, many people still believe in mind reading, past-life regression theory, New Age hokum, and alien abduction. A no-holds-barred assault on popular superstitions and prejudices, with more than 80,000 copies in print, Why People Believe Weird Things debunks these nonsensical claims and explores the very human reasons people find otherworldly phenomena, conspiracy theories, and cults so appealing. In an entirely new chapter, "Why Smart People Believe in Weird Things," Michael Shermer takes on science luminaries like physicist Frank Tippler and others, who hide their spiritual beliefs behind the trappings of science.
Shermer, science historian and true crusader, also reveals the more dangerous side of such illogical thinking, including Holocaust denial, the recovered-memory movement, the satanic ritual abuse scare, and other modern crazes. Why People Believe Strange Things is an eye-opening resource for the most gullible among us and those who want to protect them.


Review:

"...[I]n those areas where he is expert--the persistence of superstition is the most important--his book provides a useful antidote to the nonsense that surrounds us."

Frank J. Sulloway

 

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