50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True

50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True

Book - 2012
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Maybe you know someone who swears by the reliability of psychics or who is in regular contact with angels. Or perhaps you're trying to find a nice way of dissuading someone from wasting money on a homeopathy cure. Or you met someone at a party who insisted the Holocaust never happened or that no one ever walked on the moon. How do you find a gently persuasive way of steering people away from unfounded beliefs, bogus cures, conspiracy theories, and the like? 

This down-to-earth, entertaining exploration of commonly held extraordinary claims will help you set the record straight. The author, a veteran journalist, has not only surveyed a vast body of literature, but has also interviewed leading scientists, explored "the most haunted house in America," frolicked in the inviting waters of the Bermuda Triangle, and even talked to a "contrite Roswell alien." He is not out simply to debunk unfounded beliefs. Wherever possible, he presents alternative scientific explanations, which in most cases are even more fascinating than the wildest speculation.

For example, stories about UFOs and alien abductions lack good evidence, but science gives us plenty of reasons to keep exploring outer space for evidence that life exists elsewhere in the vast universe. The proof for Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster may be nonexistent, but scientists are regularly discovering new species, some of which are truly stranger than fiction.

Stressing the excitement of scientific discovery and the legitimate mysteries and wonder inherent in reality, this book invites readers to share the joys of rational thinking and the skeptical approach to evaluating our extraordinary world.
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, c2012
ISBN: 9781616144951
Branch Call Number: 149.73 HAR
Characteristics: 458 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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mbalogh
Mar 04, 2017

Does he cover the religious belief system of Evolution which boiled down is based upon
the lyrics "when you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are"?

qwert123 Nov 22, 2015

This guy takes no time to consider the otherside of the arguement before presenting the counter arguement, and putting creationism in the same camp as bigfoot is hardly right. I think we are all tired of these intellectual sceptics.

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thebritlass
May 02, 2015

Maybe it depends on your circle, but the majority of beliefs presented in the book (Bermuda Triangle? Big Foot? UFOs?) are not held by people I know. The author makes a valiant effort to present logical arguments, but I think he is preaching to the choir, as those who are "believers" are unlikely to be persuaded by his facts.

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naturalist
Jul 23, 2014

See also: ... “Cults of Unreason” ... by Christopher Riche Evans .. 1931-1979 .... published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux ... 1974 ... hc ... ISBN-10: 0374133247 ..... ISBN-13: 978-0374133245

miguelloza1230 Nov 26, 2013

This book presents a good overview of skeptical thinking on a fairly broad range of topics and the that book should read in teens and up and no kids allow.

TOJOFLAHERTY Nov 26, 2013

I'm sceptical of the views of this type of perpetual "skeptic," the (British?) type who claim they firmly occupy the intellectual high ground of the "objective," "scientific," and "rational." That's because I used to be one but I came to learn - through scientific study of the Shroud of Turin and the Bible - that I was fundamentally wrong and that we occupy a universe that includes the supernatural. I later came to understand - through investigation of Obama's fraudulent birth certificate - that the masters of the Media have created a Matrix world, deceptive and fake.

P.S. Isn't "Popular" and "That People Think Are True" redundant?

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Quetzlzacatenango
Jul 29, 2012

This book presents a good overview of skeptical thinking on a fairly broad range of topics. The chapters are mostly short and are not predicated on each other so you can skip around. It's a great introduction and presents just enough to get someone who isn't familiar with some of the info to get them thinking. What it lacks in depth it makes up for at the end of each chapter a list of books for further reading is suggested for those who want more in depth information.

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miguelloza1230 Nov 26, 2013

miguelloza1230 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 99

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