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User Review  - hcubic - LibraryThing

Several of Michael Shermer's writings have been Hal's Picks in the past. Back in October of 1997 (link is external), I recommended his "Why People Believe Weird Things", Chapter Ten of which was ... Read full review

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Parts of this book were so good that my roommate read vicariously through me and then insisted that I get another Michael Shermer book. Those parts which did not capture my short attention span were easily skipped to the next chapter (minus .5 stars for making me flip pages.) With a median rating of 2.3 stars I think some readers were expecting a feel good book with a happy ending, but in fact, his hero dies in the last chapter (plus 1 star for keeping it real.)
By applying the scientific method in his writings Shermer brought relevance to my life, helping me to understand that critical thinking does not make me critical, it is the nagging that makes me critical. Along with self-discovery, Shermer has also shown me a glimpse of an entire demographic of people like me who spend time thinking and talking about the increased levels of oxytocin in the brain of monogamous mammals during sex.
The book offers an enticing buffet of topics, however at least two of them were blatantly self-indulgent (minus 1 star for not having enough game to hide his motives.) With a sum of minus .5 stars I am obviously not a scientist but his mentor and hero, Stephen Jay Gould, would be proud that Shermer has brought scientific thought from academia to the mainstream which Gould himself endeavored to do.
 

Review: Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown

User Review  - Chad Young - Goodreads

Very intriguing look at where science is pushing the boundaries between belief/fate/fantasy and reality. Shows the importance and value of skepticism. Read full review

Review: Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown

User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

A collection of articles written for various magazines, Michael Shermer shows off a surprising range of topics in this single volume. Shermer's essay are meticulously researched, and he always has an ... Read full review

Review: Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown

User Review  - Vince Gotera - Goodreads

In this collection of entertaining and thought-provoking essays, Science Friction, Michael Shermer turns a skeptical eye towards all sorts of science-related topics, including the so-called ... Read full review

Review: Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown

User Review  - Jim Razinha - Goodreads

This is an excellent group of essays. As a psychologist and science historian, as well as founder and editor of Skeptic, Shermer thinks! This book groups his thoughts into four sections: Science and ... Read full review

Review: Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown

User Review  - David Melbie - Goodreads

My first Shermer! Must read more! Read full review

Review: Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown

User Review  - Kirsten Uhler - Goodreads

Shermer writes a collection of interesting essays that cause one to think more critically. Aside from his going into exhausting and seemingly unnecessary detail at times, he does a good job confronting unscientific thought. Read full review


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