50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True

50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True

by Guy P. Harrison
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50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True by Guy P. Harrison

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616144951
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication date: 12/20/2011
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 658,157
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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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50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
miltadpole More than 1 year ago
I first saw this book at a frends house and was intregied, so I had to get it for myself well worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author made an excellent case for skepticism. I would have appreciated more scientific arguments in the chapters against belief in incarnation and the afterlife, though. Still a great book in defense of Science, and well written. I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! Guy Harrison is a talented writer because the book was light and enjoyable to read even though it is about serious subjects. It is organized into 50 chapters - they are really 50 short essays about different topics that people think are true. Harrison effectively demonstrates why all of these ideas are incorrect through sound research. This is a must read for anyone.
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PJBN More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down once I started.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and researched, the author's journalistic skills make the subject a delightful read.
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