By Guy P. Harrison

Probably you recognize a person who swears via the reliability of psychics or who's in common touch with angels. or maybe you are searching for a pleasant method of dissuading a person from losing funds on a homeopathy remedy. otherwise you met a person at a celebration who insisted the Holocaust by no means occurred or that not anyone ever walked at the moon.

How do you discover a carefully persuasive means of steerage humans clear of unfounded ideals, bogus therapies, conspiracy theories, and so on? Longtime skeptic man P. Harrison exhibits you the way during this down-to-earth, exciting exploration of typically held amazing claims.

A veteran journalist, Harrison has not just surveyed an unlimited physique of literature, yet has additionally interviewed best scientists, explored "the such a lot haunted apartment in America," hung out within the inviting waters of the Bermuda Triangle, or even talked to a "contrite Roswell alien."

Harrison isn't out just to debunk unfounded ideals. at any place attainable, he offers replacement medical motives, which more often than not are much more attention-grabbing than the wildest hypothesis. for instance, tales approximately UFOs and alien abductions lack sturdy facts, yet technological know-how supplies us lots of purposes to maintain exploring outer area for facts that lifestyles exists in different places within the giant universe. The facts for Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster will be nonexistent, yet scientists are usually getting to know new species, a few of that are actually stranger than fiction.

Stressing the buzz of clinical discovery and the valid mysteries and sweetness inherent actually, Harrison invitations readers to percentage the thrill of rational pondering and the skeptical method of comparing our impressive global

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New York: Random House, 1995. Schick, Theodore, and Lewis Vaughn. How to Think about Weird Things. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2011. Shermer, Michael. The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths. New York: Times Books, 2011. Shermer, Michael. The Borderlands of Science: Where Sense Meets Nonsense. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. Shermer, Michael. Why People Believe Weird Things. New York: MJF Books, 1997. Smith, Jonathan C.

I force a smile, worried that she knows I'm faking. I figure it's a long shot for me to be able to convince someone that I am a psychic, but I'm going to give it a try. No, I'm not charging her money, pretending to speak to her dead relatives, or anything quite so terrible as that. ” Before continuing with the story of my first attempt at mind reading, however, let's explore the concept of a cold reading. Experienced skeptics have long known that cold readings are a very effective way to deceive people.

What about meteorites? Rocks falling out of the sky? You must be joking—oops, it turns out that it really does rain rocks sometimes. The point is that good skeptics who understand how science works don't accept any wacky claim that comes along without evidence, but neither do they reject every wacky claim with absolute finality. The door is always slightly ajar, and if enough evidence comes forth, the door to acceptance opens. When thinking about weird beliefs, it is important to be aware of how we perceive and assess the world around us.

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