Legends, Lore, and Lies: A Skeptic's Stance (A Longman Topics Reader)

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Legends, Lore, and Lies presents critical readings in five sections–urban legends, alternative medicine, the media’s role in public gullibility, psychics and the paranormal,  and pseudo science–to demonstrate the importance of critical examination and the differences between an opinion or assertion and a supported claim.

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LONGMAN TOPICS are brief, thought-provoking readers on a single complex, compelling, topic. Featuring about 30 full-length reading selections, these volumes are generally half the size and half the cost of standard composition readers.

Legends, Lore, and Lies: A Skeptic’s Stance presents intriguing readings in five sections–urban legends, alternative medicine, the media’s role in public gullibility, psychics and the paranormal, and pseudo science–to demonstrate the importance of critical examination and the differences between an opinion or assertion and a supported claim.

Legends, Lore, and Lies offers a wealth of features, including

  • Explorations of the powers and limits of skepticism in understanding topics like urban legends and pseudoscience that often are awarded uncritical acceptance in our culture.
  • An excellent explanation of skepticism, along with a number of tools that every reader can use to become a critical consumer of information.
  • A handful of “believers” point-of-view readings, which students are encouraged to examine with the tools they acquire throughout the text.
  • A variety of pedagogical tools including brief author biographies and questions preceding and following the readings that function as writing and discussion prompts.
  • End-of-chapter synthesis questions that provide writing suggestions for longer research and inquiry papers.

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