13 Reasons To Doubt: Essays from the writers of Skeptic Ink by Edward K Clint

13 Reasons To Doubt: Essays from the writers of Skeptic Ink

byEdward K Clint, Jonathan MS Pearce, Beth Ann Erickson

Kobo ebook | July 14, 2014

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Extraordinary claims and extraordinary evidence.
 
The mainstream and social media feed our minds a diet of fringe science and outright pseudoscience. They relentlessly stream paranormal, supernatural, and otherwise extraordinary claims. Where do all these come from? They’re spread by shysters and charlatans, by corporate propagandists with cynical eyes on the bottom line, by priests and preachers of all kinds, by axe-grinding cranks and ideologues, and frequently by well-meaning dupes.
 
This may be a scientific age, but all too often, science, well-grounded scholarship, evidence, and logic are ignored—or even denied.
 
Scientific skepticism offers a corrective: skeptics defend science and reason, while demanding the evidence for extraordinary claims.
 
In this volume, we offer you thirteen ways to scientific skepticism: thirteen reasons to doubt extraordinary claims. The authors discuss groupthink and cognitive biases, science denialism, weird archeology, claims about religion and free will, and many other topics. Within these pages, there is something for anyone who wants to avoid biases and fallacies, cut through the masses of misinformation, and push back against fakers and propagandists.

The chapters are as follows: 

INTRODUCTION

A BRIEF HISTORY OF DOUBT: GREAT SKEPTICS FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE RENAISSANCE
PETER FERGUSON    

SKEPTICISM IN AN AGE OF IDEOLOGY    
RUSSELL BLACKFORD    

ARE YOU A SKEPTIC?
MARIA MALTSEVA    

WHY YOU CAN’T TRUST YOUR BRAIN
CALEB W. LACK    

BEING SUSPICIOUS OF OURSELVES: GROUPTHINK’S THREAT TO SKEPTICISM
JACQUES ROUSSEAU    

SCIENCE: A MECHANISM FOR DOUBTING; A SOURCE OF RELIABILITY
KEVIN MCCARTHY    

SCIENCE IS PREDICATED ON THE NON-MAGICAL NATURAL WORLD ORDER
JOHN W. LOFTUS    

THE POWER OF HUME’S ON MIRACLES
ZACHARY SLOSS    

ON DOUBTING THE EXISTENCE OF FREE WILL, AND HOW IT CAN MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE
JONATHAN M.S. PEARCE    

PSEUDOARCHAEOLOGY: SEVEN TIPS
REBECCA BRADLEY    

THE NEW WORLD ORDER IS COMING FOR YOU!
STAKS ROSCH    

WHY BELIEFS MATTER
DAVID OSORIO    

SCIENCE DENIALISM AT A SKEPTIC CONFERENCE: A CAUTIONARY TALE
EDWARD K CLINT    

APPENDIX: SCIENCE DENIALISM AT A SKEPTIC CONFERENCE    

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Title:13 Reasons To Doubt: Essays from the writers of Skeptic InkFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 14, 2014Publisher:Onus BooksLanguage:English

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