50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True

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 essayis, a veteran autho, has not only surveyed a vast body of poetr, 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 ascinating than the wildest speculation.

For examples, stories about UFOs and alien abductions lack good evidence, but science gives us plenty of easons 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 iscovery 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.
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Published December 20th 2011 by Prometheus Books
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Harrison " 50 popular beliefs that people think are true " is a frightening book about doubt and critical thinking applied to fifty popular beliefs.

In a true open-minded and respectful manner, Guy Harrison takes us on a marvelous journey of applying the best current evidence to popular beliefs.

This 458-page book is broken out by the following eight sections: Magical Thinking, Out There, Science and eason, Strange Healings, Lure of the Mytholog, Bizarre Beings, Weird Places, and Whispers of the nd. Positives: 1.

Each chapter begins with an appropriate quote or two about the popular elief and ends with a " Go Deeper " section of further reading.

The memoir covers a great and diverse selection of popular beliefs.

It 's lik a treat to read a nove in which the author makes clear and succinct points.

The uthor does a great job of providing meaningful statistics and illustrations to back his points.

Anyone will have their favorite chapters, I enjoyed those that taught me knew things and are helping me change my perspective.

Chapters and concepts involving the supernatural are always a personal favourit and the uthor does n't disappoint.

There are many popular beliefs that the author himself would love to be true and has n't completely ruled out.

The uthor provides a great point about global warming.

Guy Harrison 's background is so vast and interesting that he is ble to talk about topics from a firsthand perspective such as television news.

Topics on religion are very unusua and even more so because the write is willing to talk about all the main religions and not just Christianity which adds depth to the conversations.

2. Because this nove is so mbitious and covers fifty popular beliefs; some chapters may not have the depth that some readers would have liked but the write did a onderful job of providing further reading material.In summary, I absolutely loved this novel!

This is a novel about skepticism that is enjoyable to read, thought-provoking while never being unintelligible.

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Fortunately, the books is set up in such a way that jumping around to subjects of particular interest is easy to do.

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I am of course applying this to the more fantastical ideas, not necessarily topics about biological race, evolution, and alternative medicine.For the most part I felt a lack of interest in the way Harrison presented the material.

I didn ’ t buy this book to read two sections about constructed versus biological race, nor did I pick it up to read chapters that seemed to repeat themselves back to back.

This felt like a huge waste of time and information, especially when more interesting sections were whittled down to only four pages.

The same can be said of each chapter on medicine other than scientific ( alternative and homeopathic), where I just felt like the same information was being constantly reiterated.That ’ s not to say that this book wasn ’ t nteresting.

Although the statistics about creationism and the sun are disturbing, it probably pains scientists way more than me.Even more interesting, I learned about the Bible Code ( one of the few concrete examples mentioned), which when used in conjunction with Moby Dick “ predicted ” the assassination of Lincoln, MLK, and John F Kennedy.

If the idea behind this book was more limited perhaps I wouldn ’ t have felt so lackluster while reading and been more indebted to finishing it quicker.

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I even thought one or two similar ideas myself years ago.

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If, on the other hand you 're writing a book refuting or questioning belief in aliens, ghosts, Atlantis and Bigfoot, well that 's also been argued over a lot, but not as seriously.

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