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50 popular beliefs that people think are true,
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Guy Harrison tackles 50 commonly held supernatural/paranormal beliefs in this book, from 'Nostradamus Saw It All Coming." to 'Alternative Medicine Is Better.' to 'Creationism is True and Evolution Is Not.' He uses critical thinking to refute each claim rationally, patiently and respectfully. As well as debunking the beliefs he also addresses why people hold such beliefs in the first place and often shows empathy with the believer. He points out that we have evolved as a pattern-seeking species who apply a confirmation bias to what we know.
The format of the book is very user-friendly as it offers small chapters on each subject. It engaged me from the start and my interest never flagged. The short chapters gave me pause to ponder each subject before I moved on. Guy never mistakes skepticism for cynicism and he clearly finds the world no less an exciting place without the supernatural in it; his enthusiasm for our world never wanes.
You come away from this book comforted by Guy's optimistic vision for humanity and with the keen desire to use critical thinking in your own every day life.
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Initial post: Jan 20, 2012 6:08:04 PM PST
Steve Reina says:
Great review! Makes me want to read the book! Thanks!
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