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50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True

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Maybe you know someone who swears by the reliability of psychics or who is in regular contact with angels. Or perhaps you're trying to find a nice way of dissuading someone from wasting money on a homeopathy cure. Or you met someone at a party who insisted the Holocaust never happened or that no one ever walked on the moon. How do you find a gently persuasive way of steering people away from unfounded beliefs, bogus cures, conspiracy theories, and the like? 

This down-to-earth, entertaining exploration of commonly held extraordinary claims will help you set the record straight. The author, a veteran journalist, has not only surveyed a vast body of literature, but has also interviewed leading scientists, explored "the most haunted house in America," frolicked in the inviting waters of the Bermuda Triangle, and even talked to a "contrite Roswell alien." He is not out simply to debunk unfounded beliefs. Wherever possible, he presents alternative scientific explanations, which in most cases are even more fascinating than the wildest speculation.

For example, stories about UFOs and alien abductions lack good evidence, but science gives us plenty of reasons to keep exploring outer space for evidence that life exists elsewhere in the vast universe. The proof for Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster may be nonexistent, but scientists are regularly discovering new species, some of which are truly stranger than fiction.

Stressing the excitement of scientific discovery and the legitimate mysteries and wonder inherent in reality, this book invites readers to share the joys of rational thinking and the skeptical approach to evaluating our extraordinary world.

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Through the perspective of skepticism and aiming to encourage critical thinking, Harrison, a writer, columnist, business owner, and author, debunks 50 popular beliefs and presents alternative scientific explanations. He addresses topics like psychics, Nostradamus, NASA faking the moon landings, UFOs and aliens, astrology, global warming, alternative medicine, faith healing, creationism vs. evolution, ghosts, angels, the Bermuda Triangle, Area 51, and the end of the world in 2012. Each chapter ends with a list of books to help the reader explore the topic further. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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GUY P. HARRISON (San Diego, CA) is an award-winning journalist and the author of Think50 Simple Questions for Every Christian50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God, and Race and Reality: What Everyone Should Know about Our Biological Diversity. Find him on online at www.guypharrison.com, www.facebook.com/guypharrisonauthor, and on Twitter @Harrisonauthor.

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DANE, July 25, 2014 (view all comments by DANE)
Guy Harrison's books are always excellent and "50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True" is a perfect example. His book takes a skeptical look at beliefs ranging from alien abductions to homeopathy to famous conspiracies. Each of his sections explains a popular belief, explains why there is actually no evidence for it, suggests logical reasons for why it's actually believed and then adds suggestions for further reading. A wonderful book to have in your collection that you can quickly reference when a friend brings up a wacky belief!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781616144951
Author:
Harrison, Guy P.
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20111231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
458
Dimensions:
8.96 x 5.97 x 0.84 in 1.325 lb

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"Synopsis" by , GUY P. HARRISON (San Diego, CA) is an award-winning journalist and the author of Think50 Simple Questions for Every Christian50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God, and Race and Reality: What Everyone Should Know about Our Biological Diversity. Find him on online at www.guypharrison.com, www.facebook.com/guypharrisonauthor, and on Twitter @Harrisonauthor.
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