Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, And Other Confusions Of Our Time

byMichael ShermerForeword byStephen Jay Gould

August 20, 2002|
Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, And Other Confusions Of Our Time by Michael Shermer
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"This sparkling book romps over the range of science and anti-science." --Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs, and Steel

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.

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 ...
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Title:Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, And Other Confusions Of Our Time
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:384 pages, 8.13 X 5.32 X 1.03 in
Shipping dimensions:384 pages, 8.13 X 5.32 X 1.03 in
Published:August 20, 2002
Publisher:Henry Holt and Co.
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780805070897

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