- Paperback: 310 pages
- Publisher: Waveland Pr Inc (September 22, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1577660765
- ISBN-13: 978-1577660767
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,160,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Paranormal Beliefs: A Sociological Introduction 0th Edition
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"Sociologist Erich Goode's book should be read by anoyone who wonders why so many people believe in paranormal phenomena. He presents fundamental epistemological assumptions about how and why people believe what they believe in an easily readable manner." --Skeptical Inquirer (January/February 2001)
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Hopefully, I am wrong about that. Mr. Goode makes a scrupulous effort to not be judgemental. He carefully tracks the kind of reasoning that it takes to reach various conclusions and points out that many scientific conclustions are remote from human experience. A scientist might immediately tend to discount the claim that "UFO's must be real because I met someone who was actaully kidnapped by one and they told me their story." The scientist might be weighing in his or her mind the likelyhood that modern physics is totally incorrect vs. the likelyhood that the victim of the kidnapping might have been dreaming and mentally vote that it was a dream, while someone else might think of all the times scientists have been wrong and prefer the eyewitness account.
The book delves into the philosophy of science, various studies that have been done and other methods of showing the way various ways of thinking can lead to different conclusions. It is not a fluffy book and demands thought. I found myself reading it and thinking about it all day at work just waiting to get home to finish it.