Why people believe weird things: pseudoscience, superstition, and other confusions of our time
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.
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|display_description||The co-founder of "Skeptic" magazine explains why people are so willing to believe in mind reading, alien abductions, ghosts, and other manifestations of pseudoscience, and discusses how such wrong thinking can lead to very real danger.|
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|subject_facet||Belief and doubt, Creative ability in science, Parapsychology, Pseudoscience, Truthfulness and falsehood|
|title_display||Why people believe weird things : pseudoscience, superstition, and other confusions of our time|
|title_full||Why people believe weird things : pseudoscience, superstition, and other confusions of our time / Michael Shermer ; foreword by Stephen Jay Gould|
|title_short||Why people believe weird things :|
|title_sub||pseudoscience, superstition, and other confusions of our time|
|topic_facet||Belief and doubt, Creative ability in science, Parapsychology, Pseudoscience, Truthfulness and falsehood|