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5.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical Skeptic, May 16, 2000
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This review is from: Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time (Paperback)
When the top Skeptics of the 20th century were listed by Skeptical Enquirer recently, Michael Shermer was not among those named.
He should have been.
Unlike the average debunker of false lore and hoaxes, Shermer starts from the premise that those who believe in weird things are intelligent people who have been miseducated.
One of the best sections of this book lists and explains 25 errors in thinking which lead people to fail to critically evaluate the claims of Randenoids, Holocaust revisionists, creationists, astrologers, and others. He then proceeds to use these principles, first to explore the contradictions of the most "unlikeliest cult of all" (the followers of Ayn Rand who claim to be disciples of objective reason) and then to explain the evidence for the Holocaust and Evolution.
Anyone who needs a tune-up on her or his objectivism can stand reading this book. That means nearly everyone should own a copy.
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Showing 1-3 of 3 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Jan 1, 2007 2:11:40 PM PST
A.Le says:
Perhaps Shermer was not one of those named because he publishes a rival magazine?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2007 5:10:55 AM PDT
Albert Chen says:
yeah, who knows.

Posted on Aug 6, 2008 11:56:02 AM PDT
Aren´t they called "Randroids"?

:-)
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