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Kooks: A Guide to the Outer Limits of Human Belief Paperback – May 10, 2001

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Feral House; 2 edition (May 10, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0922915679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0922915675
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #646,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steven Savage on December 23, 2001
Donna Kossy is a sensitive, well-educated writer who can explain even the most unusual-seeming beliefs intelligibly - and without being judgemental or acting superior.
In this book you'll discover religious movements, political movements, racism, health, art, and more. Are you aware of the Anti-Mucus diet? Did you hear about The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millenium General Assembly? Probably not - but Ms. Kossy has.
If there's a flaw here, it's that some of the summaries are unfortunately brief - the book could easily be twice as large. But it's a small complaint for a great product.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 2002
The "Reader from Cape Cod MA" is George Hammond himself. Which is why he's so specific--even citing the page number--about his own little "theory." And his comment about "peer reviewed literature" is particularly funny since his "theory" is "cited" all over the Internet as a classic example of crank, kook psuedo-science. Apparently he thinks being pointed out as a nutcase is the same thing as being cited in "peer reviewed literature."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Kalmus on July 8, 2010
Before the internet, it must've been a lot harder to collect a whole lot of crazy. This book sifts through the muck and gets to the good stuff. It's an extremely admirable task to wade through such brackish water, but the result is a mixture of curiosity, admiration, downward social comparison, and intrigue.

The book is divided into a large quantity of small articles. Kossy presents her kooks in such an objective manner. Considering some people think that men can become pregnant and that the inside of the Earth is hollow, it's amazing that she doesn't paint portraits of loons and loners but of humans you can empathize with. Sure, you and I might be perfectly content to believe that gravity exists, but someone out there has devoted their life to disproving it.

I came into this book expecting to experience tons of schadenfreude, but I didn't (well, maybe a little, I can't help it). Read this book. You owe it to yourself to understand how idiosyncratic the human mind can be. You might even become a better person through your tolerance.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KBWills on March 21, 2013
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I find the human mind fascinating. This book filled my desire to know more about those for whom the mind and reality don't always sync. I particularly found the conspiracy claims the most interesting.
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