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

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Henry Holt and Company, Sep 1, 2002 - Science - 384 pages
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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.

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

User Review  - Linda - Goodreads

Years ago, when I was in my cycling/running craze, I read articles by a Michael Shermer on long distance cycling. He was an across America racer every year for a while. After I started putting less ... Read full review

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User Review  - Arun Mahendrakar - Goodreads

The aim of the book is to enable you to think critically. The most common argument of creationists is that it is either Evolution or it is Creationism. Since Evolution doesn't offer answers to all ... Read full review

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Michael Shermer is the author of The Believing Brain, Why People Believe Weird Things, The Science of Good and Evil, The Mind Of The Market, Why Darwin Matters, Science Friction, How We Believe and other books on the evolution of human beliefs and behavior. He is the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, the editor of Skeptic.com, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University. He lives in Southern California.

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