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The Skeptic's Dictionary: A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions Paperback – August 15, 2003
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“… I found myself engrossed in the information due to its vast collection of interesting entries…” (M2 Best Books, 22 March 2004)
""...Use this book as protection against attacks by New Agers, alternative therapists and others who have chosen to abandon reason..."" (The Times, 25 October 2003)
""...Carroll is always interested in why such beliefs occur and points generously t further literature..."" (The Guardian, 18 October 2003)
""...Anyone wanting an informed opinion with which to smack down an argumentative pal should start here..."" (Dorset Echo, 25 October 2003)
""...A treat to savour...first reaction is pleasurable incredulity and occasional hilarity... an amazing assembly, elegantly written and level-headed...likely to be used so often it is a pity it is a softback book..."" (New Scientist)
""...No reasonable, logic-based library will be without a copy!"" (Good Book Guide, March 2004)
From the Back Cover
A wealth of evidence for doubters and disbelievers
"Whether its the latest shark cartilage scam, or some new repressed memory idiocy that besets you, I suggest you carry a copy of this dictionary at all times, or at least have it within reach as first aid for psychic attacks. We need all the help we can get."
James Randi, President, James Randi Educational Foundation, randi.org
"From alternative medicine, aliens, and psychics to the farthest shores of science and beyond, Robert Carroll presents a fascinating look at some of humanitys most strange and wonderful ideas. Refreshing and witty, both believers and unbelievers will find this compendium complete and captivating. Buy this book and feed your head!"
Clifford Pickover, author of The Stars of Heaven and Dreaming the Future
"A refreshing compendium of clear thinking, a welcome and potent antidote to the reams of books on the supernatural and pseudoscientific."
John Allen Paulos, author of Innumeracy and A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper
"This book covers an amazing range of topics and can protect many people from being scammed."
Stephen Barrett, M.D., quackwatch.org
Featuring close to 400 definitions, arguments, and essays on topics ranging from acupuncture to zombies, The Skeptics Dictionary is a lively, commonsense trove of detailed information on all things supernatural, occult, paranormal, and pseudoscientific. It covers such categories as alternative medicine; cryptozoology; extraterrestrials and UFOs; frauds and hoaxes; junk science; logic and perception; New Age energy; and the psychic. For the open-minded seeker, the soft or hardened skeptic, and the believing doubter, this book offers a remarkable range of information that puts to the test the best arguments of true believers.
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The book's subtitle ("A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions & Dangerous Delusions") is misleading. The subjects of many of the entries are not at all controversial; for example, "positive-outcome bias" and "placebo effect." These may be included because some may *view* the concepts as strange, or because some may misuse the concepts to defraud others. In any case, their inclusion, the subtitle notwithstanding, is helpful to those of us who are not sure about the legitimacy of a particular practice.
One strength of the book is the thoroughness of the entries.The article on the aforementioned placebo effect covers more than 3 large two-column pages. Yet there are close to 400 articles in all, of varying sizes. Occasional illustrations add to the interest.
Had to have a copy!!!!
A visitor at home borrowed it.
Still missing so bought another - Kindle- version.
No home should be without a copy!!!!