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No Sacred Cows: Investigating Myths, Cults, and the Supernatural Paperback – August 22, 2017

4.6 out of 5 stars 46 ratings

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"Feel like you’re taking crazy pills? Are you surrounded by a world of dangerous nonsense? Don’t worry! You’re in luck -- and luck has nothing to do with it. Faster than you can say 'Dunning–Kruger effect, David G. McAfee’s No Sacred Cows gives you the tools to: effectively discuss sacred cows with people, solve your own ghost hauntings, use the real power of fake psychics to fight for truth, think like a scientist, tame the biases and cognitive dissonance in your own treacherous brain, deal with commonly encountered everyday bullshit like ‘alternative’ medicine, climate denial, and homeopathy, and tackle even more toxic bullshit like anti-vaxers and Scientology, and more. A must–read in an age that seriously needs a reality check." —David Fitzgerald, author, Nailed and The Complete Heretic’s Guide to Western Religion series

"David G. McAfee's newest book should be on every skeptic's bookshelf, and on every believer's, too. It is a thorough treatment of a number of topics that inspire undue credulity—some much more harmful than others—but all requiring skepticism. Having interviewed hundreds of authors on these sorts of subjects over the years, and having read all of their books, I enthusiastically recommend No Sacred Cows. It is an important work of skepticism steeped in solid research, open-minded inquiry, and a humane interest in helping believers better understand and accept the world as it really is.” —D.J. Grothe, editor, On the Beauty of Science; director, Institute for Science and Human Values

"An informed, impressive, and personal survey of the skeptical field for the layperson and amateur skeptic alike. David G. McAfee has done his research, and it shows.” —Benjamin Radford, author, Scientific Paranormal Investigation; Research Fellow, Committee for Skeptical Inquiry

“With No Sacred Cows, which provides a bold and fresh look bringing solid research and consistently entertaining prose to the problem of irrational belief, McAfee has entered the strange worlds of true believers and come out alive. This remarkable book is a grand tour of fraud and delusion that everyone should read. Both irrational believers and seasoned skeptics will find much of value here.” —Guy P. Harrison, author, Good Thinking and 50 Simple Questions for Every Christian

No Sacred Cows is a fascinating, insightful, and most enjoyable read. McAfee’s evaluation of his thorough academic research is interwoven with anecdotes of personal experiences and an intriguing variety of interviews. This book should be read widely and discussed often.” —Dr. Lynne Kelly, author, The Skeptic's Guide to the Paranormal and The Memory Code

“McAfee's new book is important and deserves to be read widely. It is based on years of research and tackles all sorts of false but common and often dangerous beliefs, superstitions, and fallacies. It teaches us to challenge assumptions, look for evidence and think critically. To be able to do that seems today more important than ever. I recommend this well-written, fascinating book to anyone who feels that sacred cows should have no place in our lives.” —Prof. Edzard Ernst, Emeritus Professor, Complementary Medicine, Peninsula School of Medicine, University of Exeter; author, A Scientist in Wonderland: A Memoir of Searching for Truth and Finding Trouble; co-author, Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial

About the Author

David G. McAfee is author of Mom, Dad, I'm an Atheist: The Guide to Coming Out as a Nonbeliever, Disproving Christianity and Other Secular Writings, and The Belief Book. He holds a degree in religious studies from the University of California–Santa Barbara and lives in Southern California. Yvette d'Entremont, also known as SciBabe, is a public speaker, science blogger, and former analytical chemist.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.33 pounds
  • Paperback : 448 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1634311183
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1634311182
  • Publisher : Pitchstone Publishing (August 22, 2017)
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 1.12 x 9 inches
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 46 ratings