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The Resource Why people believe weird things : pseudoscience, superstition, and other confusions of our time, Michael Shermer ; foreword by Stephen Jay Gould

Why people believe weird things : pseudoscience, superstition, and other confusions of our time, Michael Shermer ; foreword by Stephen Jay Gould

Label
Why people believe weird things : pseudoscience, superstition, and other confusions of our time
Title
Why people believe weird things
Title remainder
pseudoscience, superstition, and other confusions of our time
Statement of responsibility
Michael Shermer ; foreword by Stephen Jay Gould
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Publisher description: 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
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
133
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
Q172.5.P77
LC item number
S48 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Why people believe weird things : pseudoscience, superstition, and other confusions of our time, Michael Shermer ; foreword by Stephen Jay Gould
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"First Owl Books edition"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 315-332) and index
Contents
  • Science and skepticism ; I am therefore I think: a skeptic's manifesto ; The most precious thing we have: the difference between science and pseudoscience ; How thinking goes wrong: twenty-five fallacies that lead us to believe weird things
  • Part 2.
  • Pseudoscience and superstition ; Deviations: the normal, the paranormal, and Edgar Cayce ; Through the invisible: near-death experiences and the quest for immortality ; Abducted: encounters with aliens ; Epidemics of accusations: medieval and modern witch crazes ; The unlikeliest cult: Ayn Rand, objectivism, and the cult of personality
  • Part 3.
  • Evolution and creationism ; In the beginning: an evening with Duane T. Gish ; Confronting creationists: twenty-five creationist arguments, twenty-five evolutionist answers ; Science defended, science defined: evolution and creationism at the Supreme Court
  • Part 4.
  • History and Pseudohistory ; Doing Donahue: history, censorships, and free speech ; Who says the Holocaust never happened, and why do they say it?: an overview of a movement ; How we know the Holocaust happened: debunking the deniers ; Pigeonholes and continuums: an African-Greek-German-American looks at race
  • Part 5.
  • Hope springs eternal ; Dr. Tipler meets Dr. Pangloss: can science find the best of all possible worlds? ; Why do people believe weird things? ; Why smart people believe weird things.
  • mglib
  • Foreword.
  • The positive power of skepticism
  • Stephen Jay Gould
  • Introduction.
  • Magical mystery tour: The whys and wherefores of weird things
  • Prologue.
  • Next on Oprah
  • Part 1.
Control code
|a49874665
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
Rev. and expanded.
Extent
xxvi, 349 p.
Isbn
9780805070897
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2002068784
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • 91979
  • (OCoLC)49874665
Label
Why people believe weird things : pseudoscience, superstition, and other confusions of our time, Michael Shermer ; foreword by Stephen Jay Gould
Publication
Note
"First Owl Books edition"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 315-332) and index
Contents
  • Science and skepticism ; I am therefore I think: a skeptic's manifesto ; The most precious thing we have: the difference between science and pseudoscience ; How thinking goes wrong: twenty-five fallacies that lead us to believe weird things
  • Part 2.
  • Pseudoscience and superstition ; Deviations: the normal, the paranormal, and Edgar Cayce ; Through the invisible: near-death experiences and the quest for immortality ; Abducted: encounters with aliens ; Epidemics of accusations: medieval and modern witch crazes ; The unlikeliest cult: Ayn Rand, objectivism, and the cult of personality
  • Part 3.
  • Evolution and creationism ; In the beginning: an evening with Duane T. Gish ; Confronting creationists: twenty-five creationist arguments, twenty-five evolutionist answers ; Science defended, science defined: evolution and creationism at the Supreme Court
  • Part 4.
  • History and Pseudohistory ; Doing Donahue: history, censorships, and free speech ; Who says the Holocaust never happened, and why do they say it?: an overview of a movement ; How we know the Holocaust happened: debunking the deniers ; Pigeonholes and continuums: an African-Greek-German-American looks at race
  • Part 5.
  • Hope springs eternal ; Dr. Tipler meets Dr. Pangloss: can science find the best of all possible worlds? ; Why do people believe weird things? ; Why smart people believe weird things.
  • mglib
  • Foreword.
  • The positive power of skepticism
  • Stephen Jay Gould
  • Introduction.
  • Magical mystery tour: The whys and wherefores of weird things
  • Prologue.
  • Next on Oprah
  • Part 1.
Control code
|a49874665
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
Rev. and expanded.
Extent
xxvi, 349 p.
Isbn
9780805070897
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2002068784
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • 91979
  • (OCoLC)49874665

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