50 popular beliefs that people think are true /

by Harrison, Guy P.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2012Description: 458 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781616144951 (pbk. : acid-free paper) :; 1616144955 (pbk. : acid-free paper).Title notes: $18.00 prolam 10-2012 (db)Other title: Fifty popular beliefs that people think are true.Subject(s): Common fallacies | History -- Errors, inventions, etc | Belief and doubt -- Miscellanea | Popular culture -- Miscellanea
Contents:
Magical thinking. "I believe in the paranormal and the supernatural." ; "I know there is an afterlife because of all the near-death experiences." ; "A psychic read my mind." ; "You're either born smart or you're not." ; "The Bible code reveals the future." ; "Stories of past lives prove reincarnation is real." ; "ESP is the real deal." ; "Nostradamus saw it all coming." ; "I believe in miracles." -- Out there. "NASA faked the moon landings." ; "Ancient astronauts were here." ; "UFOs are visitors from other worlds." ; "A flying saucer crashed near Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947 and the government knows all about it." ; "Aliens have visited earth and abducted many people." ; "Astrology is scientific." -- Science and reason. "All scientists are geniuses and science is always right." ; "The Holocaust never happened." ; "Global warming is a political issue and nothing more." ; "Television news gives me an accurate view of the world." ; "Biological races are real." ; "Biological race determines success in sports." ; "Most conspiracy theories are true." -- Strange healings. "Alternative medicine is better." ; "Homeopathy really works, and no side effects!" ; "Faith healing cures the sick and saves lives." ; "Race-based medicine is a great idea." ; "No vaccines for my baby!" -- Lure of the gods. "My god is the real one." ; "My religion is the one that's true." ; "Creationism is true and evolution is not." ; "Intelligent design is real science." ; "The universe and earth are fine-tuned for life." ; "Many prophecies have come to pass." ; "Prayer works!" ; "Religions are sensible and safe. Cults are silly and dangerous." ; "They found Noah's Ark!" ; "Archaeology proved my religion is true." ; "Holy relics possess supernatural powers." ; "A TV preacher needs my money." -- Bizarre beings. "Ghosts are real and they live in haunted houses." ; "Bigfoot lives and cryptozoology is real science!" ; "Angels watch over me." ; "Magic is real and witches are dangerous." -- Weird places. "Atlantis is down there somewhere." ; "I'm going to heaven when I die." ; "Something very strange is going on in the Bermuda Triangle." ; "Area 51 is where they keep the aliens." -- Dreaming of the end. "The Mayans warned us : it's all over on December 21, 2012." ; "The end is near!" ; "We're all gonna die!" -- Farewell and good luck.
Summary: Stressing the excitement of scientific discovery and the legitimate mysteries and wonder inherent in reality, Harrison invites readers to share the joys of rational thinking and the skeptical approach to evaluating our extraordinary world.
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Stressing the excitement of scientific discovery and the legitimate mysteries and wonder inherent in reality, Harrison invites readers to share the joys of rational thinking and the skeptical approach to evaluating our extraordinary world.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 443-450) and index.

Magical thinking. "I believe in the paranormal and the supernatural." ; "I know there is an afterlife because of all the near-death experiences." ; "A psychic read my mind." ; "You're either born smart or you're not." ; "The Bible code reveals the future." ; "Stories of past lives prove reincarnation is real." ; "ESP is the real deal." ; "Nostradamus saw it all coming." ; "I believe in miracles." -- Out there. "NASA faked the moon landings." ; "Ancient astronauts were here." ; "UFOs are visitors from other worlds." ; "A flying saucer crashed near Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947 and the government knows all about it." ; "Aliens have visited earth and abducted many people." ; "Astrology is scientific." -- Science and reason. "All scientists are geniuses and science is always right." ; "The Holocaust never happened." ; "Global warming is a political issue and nothing more." ; "Television news gives me an accurate view of the world." ; "Biological races are real." ; "Biological race determines success in sports." ; "Most conspiracy theories are true." -- Strange healings. "Alternative medicine is better." ; "Homeopathy really works, and no side effects!" ; "Faith healing cures the sick and saves lives." ; "Race-based medicine is a great idea." ; "No vaccines for my baby!" -- Lure of the gods. "My god is the real one." ; "My religion is the one that's true." ; "Creationism is true and evolution is not." ; "Intelligent design is real science." ; "The universe and earth are fine-tuned for life." ; "Many prophecies have come to pass." ; "Prayer works!" ; "Religions are sensible and safe. Cults are silly and dangerous." ; "They found Noah's Ark!" ; "Archaeology proved my religion is true." ; "Holy relics possess supernatural powers." ; "A TV preacher needs my money." -- Bizarre beings. "Ghosts are real and they live in haunted houses." ; "Bigfoot lives and cryptozoology is real science!" ; "Angels watch over me." ; "Magic is real and witches are dangerous." -- Weird places. "Atlantis is down there somewhere." ; "I'm going to heaven when I die." ; "Something very strange is going on in the Bermuda Triangle." ; "Area 51 is where they keep the aliens." -- Dreaming of the end. "The Mayans warned us : it's all over on December 21, 2012." ; "The end is near!" ; "We're all gonna die!" -- Farewell and good luck.

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Library Journal Review

This book will blow readers' minds (and it should) by making them realize how easy it is to hold a strong belief without applying either critical thinking or skepticism. Harrison (Race and Reality: What Everyone Should Know About Our Biological Diversity) pokes gaping holes into common beliefs in the supernatural (e.g., ghosts, horoscopes, angels, and miracles) and the tendency to believe that only personal religious tenets are correct despite total ignorance about other religious doctrine. Along those lines, for example, he debunks reincarnation by pointing out that over 100 billion people have lived on Earth but only 7 billion live today-and therefore, because of the shortage, people must be sharing bodies. Harrison guides us gently but firmly along an explorative path of our collective illogic, strong tendencies toward easy answers and magical thinking, and susceptibility to confirmation bias. He doesn't judge readers for buying into beliefs that have no real basis in fact and science, but instead asks them to second-guess the tendency to readily accept the unproven and the illogical as true. VERDICT An outstanding book that is required reading no matter what you believe.-Judith A. Matthews, Michigan State Univ. Lib., East Lansing (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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