Weird People

Even Skeptics Can Be GullibleFormer born-again Christian and founder of Skeptic magazine, Michael Shermer, has collated essays from the magazine to create a book which is informative, challenging and controversial.Flashes of well-written, engrossing material are interspersed with pedantic prose.The book would have benefited from the editing scalpel of a skeptic! For instance, Shermer states that "science is not the affirmation of a set of beliefs" yet three pages later, he confesses that "science became my belief system. If you are interested to know more, take a look at Weird People. "Entrancing accounts of Shermer's own out-of-body and UFO adbuction experiences yield to enlightening (scientific) explanations.He explores similarities in the thought processes of evolution deniers (Creationists) and Holocaust deniers. He counters the twisted thinking of both with counter-evidence based on science and reason.He similarly exposes the "unlikeliest cult" of Ayn Rand. Just in case you harbor a lingering belief that there are some "real" psychics Shermer  reveals how all these deceivers perform their tricks. But he sides with accused pedophiles in the so-called "false memory" debate, likening the wide-spread allegations of sexual abuse to witch-hunts.For skeptics the issue is "not what to think, but how to think".Sherman claims skepticism is a method. But the whole book makes it clear that skepticism is an attitude. The method is that of science.Ignorant of the scientific method many of us believe weird things, says Shermer. Because we have evolved to connect cause and effect, we seek certainty and meaning, desire immediate answers, and find comfort in cosmic explications that respond to our yearning for immortality. For more detailed information, visit Weird People

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Comments: 7
  • #1

    Paajis (Wednesday, 19 October 2011 22:37)

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    Kulevalos (Tuesday, 25 October 2011 00:01)

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    Premysl (Tuesday, 25 October 2011 12:43)

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    zaloudek (Saturday, 29 October 2011 18:51)

    Hm, I’m just comfortable with this but still not entirely convinced, hence i’m going to research a touch more.

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    Philippe (Wednesday, 09 November 2011 07:39)

    good post dude

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    linkbuilding (Tuesday, 24 January 2012 02:17)

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