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"If everybody on the planet read this book, the world would be a better place, thanks to Paul."
-Michael Shermer, author of The Believing Brain

"Well-written, readable, and carefully researched compendium of the skeptical challenge and position. . . . This is a must."
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"A practical and eloquent manual for every woman and man seeking to live a sensible life with meaning. It shows the way forward for both the individual and all of society. Writing with a gentle hand, Kurtz has presented philosophy in a manner that is interesting and digestible to all. This book will appeal to a wide variety of readers because it addresses real beliefs held by real people in the real world.... Kurtz explores many popular irrational beliefs and convincingly argues that humankind can and should do better. Readers will appreciate Kurtz’s positive and constructive tone throughout this extraordinary book. He writes not only about colossal failures of reason but also of our wonderful ability to think things through and get it right. This invaluable book offers much needed direction toward a better world for all.”
Guy P. Harrison, author of Think: Why You Should Question Everything
 
"A very important book ... clearly written and forcefully argued."
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About the Author

Paul Kurtz (1925-2012), professor emeritus of philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, was the author or editor of more than fifty books, including The Transcendental Temptation, The Courage to Become, and Embracing the Power of Humanism, plus nine hundred articles and reviews. He was the founder and chairman of the Center for Inquiry, the Council for Secular Humanism, and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He appeared on many major television and radio talk shows and has lectured at universities worldwide.
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  • Paperback: 516 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; Reprint edition (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616148276
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616148270
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,011,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book provided the reasons for being skeptical, as well as providing arguments against irrational belief. It made a fairly comprehensive case against religious belief, spiritualism, the paranormal, astrology and UFOology. I found the book endorsed a good way of looking at the world. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. And belief Kurtz is a very good writer and would consider reading other books from him.
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Until I read this book, my thoughts on religion and the supernatural were muddy and disorganized. Dr. Kurtz helped me sort out my feelings on these subjects. This is truly a wonderful book. The logic and history lessons are enlightening and thought provoking.
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It's a gem of a book. Critical thinking at its best.
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as good as it gets a good read and a good buy..
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EXCELLENT BOOK
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