It is not the first book written by the self-proclaimed sceptics that I've listened to.
I think I've had enough of their shallow argumentation. I'll try and avoid listening to books written by the so-called sceptics in the future.
Performance was all right. I've always believed that Americans did indeed land on the Moon in the late s and early s, but after listening to Guy Harrison arguing with those who do not believe it, I'm beginning to have my doubts. Any additional comments? It is irritating listening to an author who feels so morally superior to his opponents that he never even condescends to arguing with them on the merits of the issue. He kind of says, I am a sceptic so I know better, just take my word for it, and if you disagree you are a gullible idiot. I know what this author is trying to prove.
He is a scientist and wants that hard proof. The problem is some beliefs are faith based and will likely never have this proof. So, if you too believe there has to be hard scientific proof and that softer proof or simply faith based beliefs are bunk then this is the book for you. I feel like I wasted my money. Guy's book was well narrated by Erik Synnesrvedt. I'm sure that if you have some very firmly held beliefs that you'll find some of the chapters challenging or even objectionable.
However the author, whilst consistently promoting a scientific and skeptical approach, is nevertheless mindful that his readers may have different views and so he comes across as an educationalist rather than as a pugilist. For example if you believe that Intelligent Design Theory is the last word on our origins then you will find this book most objectionable, if on the other hand you are comfortable with the notion that the Bible addresses the 'why' questions Why are we here?
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Very predictable and repetitious, and not even entertaining. Don't waste your money as I did.
By: Guy P. Narrated by: Erik Synnestvedt. Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins. Categories: Non-fiction , Social Sciences. People who bought this also bought Publisher's Summary Maybe you know someone who swears by the reliability of psychics or who is in regular contact with angels. Critic Reviews "A much needed tour through common delusions about reality. Harrison writes clearly and succinctly about beliefs that are not supported by science or logic. However, he does so with sympathy and understanding for the reasons so many people find comfort in the irrational.
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Eric K Fullman Takes itself too seriously I couldn't finish it. Linda B Annoying tone, arrogant personal approach, lacking I agree with a lot of what this book says, since a lot of it is super obvious stuff that is hard to argue with ghosts, astrology, Nostradamus, etc. Homebound Don't waste your time. Althea Nelson Mixed emotions What a monumental task!
Andrei Stavtsev There is also a subject index at the back for reference purposes. And then there are the occasional cartoon drawings to enliven matters. Quite simply, this is a book parents should get their teenagers as an essential part of growing up. Although I do recommend this book, life scientists at least might be just a little worried at the thin veneer of political correctness that colours the necessary superficiality of the topics.
In the section 'Biological races are not real' Guy Harrison rightly highlights the difficulty we biologists have in defining race. Nailed sheds light on ten beloved Christian myths, and, with evidence gathered from historians across the theological spectrum, shows how they point to a Jesus Christ created solely through allegorical alchemy of hope and imagination; a messiah transformed from a purely literary, theological construct into the familiar figure of Jesus - in short, a purely mythic Christ.
How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don't understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of science? Pulitzer Prize-winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to the very well-being of our democratic institutions. Every day of your life is spent surrounded by mysteries that involve what appear to be rather ordinary human behaviors. What makes you happy? Where did your personality come from?
Why do you have trouble controlling certain behaviors? Why do you behave differently as an adult than you did as an adolescent? Since the start of recorded history, and probably even before, people have been interested in answering questions about why we behave the way we do. 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? Longtime skeptic Guy P.
Harrison shows you how in this down-to-earth, entertaining exploration of commonly held extraordinary claims. A veteran journalist, Harrison 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. Harrison 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, Harrison invites listeners to share the joys of rational thinking and the skeptical approach to evaluating our extraordinary world. Neither a book for the fun-poking skeptic, nor the agnostic, or even the believer.
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The author fills his pages with a shockingly dull approach, given the book's fun subject matter. If this dry narrative wasn't bad enough, the author indulges in endless Condescension, NOT Smugness with all the fun that word implies, but the Condescension one expects from a long tenured grade-school teacher. This was so bad that I became so convinced that the publishers forced the writer to include a "How to enlighten people, without talking down" section at the end of each chapter which some times, some how, manages to be worse then the proceeding discussion.
For the record, I'm a huge fan of Dawkins and Hitchen's books on Atheism. I love books on Skepticism. Regardless of which side of the fence you sit on, this book will leave you questioning your own decision making ability, but not for the reasons the author hopes. By listening to the opinions and philosophies of the author, it is possible to engage in conversation, either internally or with others.
While there are many beliefs that are based upon popular misconceptions of facts, such as the "fake" moon landing, the author also takes on religion - any religion - and belief in God. He is a died in the wool skeptic, and approaches all topics from the skeptic's point of view. The good part about listening to the book instead of reading it, I was able to interact with the opinions and statements made by the author.
The reading was very good and matter-of-fact in a way that allowed the author's philosophy to come through rather than the narrator's beliefs. It was an enjoyable read and a good introduction to the world view of others I am a Christian and so disagree with some of the author's opinions, but did not find them to be objectionable. I tend to enjoy listening to books that expand my mind. Freakonomics, How the Mind works, other non-fiction books that allow me to learn are very enjoyable to me. The 50 Popular Beliefs was a very interesting book that, in my experience, revealed much more of the author's philosophy that actual facts - although there are many facts in the book that are irrefutable.
Even if you are able to understand that charlatans exist in the paranormal world but think the phenomenon is viable, the research into how a skeptic discounts the experience is perceived by others is terrific. Since reviewing the Randi materials, I have been able to spot the things that psychics do that are not honest. I learned a different point of world view, although I disagree with the religious portion of that view.
I am sure that if I were one of those people who believe any of those "50 Popular Beliefs" I would probably not have enjoyed this book so much: I love the confirmation bias with which it supports me But it is nice to hear support for the non-woo, non-sky fairy beliefs that I have and have basically always had.
Provided some evidence for anti-cam which I like to practice, and I really liked the statistics that were stated about numbers of people actually believe some of the nonsense and about numbers of lies saved and affected by real medicine and vaccines.