Sleeping with Extra-Terrestrials: The Rise of Irrationalism and Perils of Piety

Sleeping with Extra-Terrestrials: The Rise of Irrationalism and Perils of Piety

by Wendy Kaminer

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Sleeping with Extra-Terrestrials: The Rise of Irrationalism and Perils of Piety by Wendy Kaminer

In Sleeping with Extra-Terrestrials, social critic Wendy Kaminer illuminates the various ways in which society has come to value emotion over reason, faith over fact, and argues that declarations of intense belief have largely taken the place of rational discourse. In a world in which "How do you feel," seems to be a more frequently asked question than "What do you know," Kaminer's examination of the rise of spiritualism, the mushrooming junk science, and the habitual merging of political and evangelical speech, blazes with relevance and incisive wit.

Probing the amusing and ominous implications of rampant credulity in our age, Kaminer raises important questions, and provides a thoughtful and eloquent perspective on the perils of present-day irrationalism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679758860
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2000
Series: Vintage Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Wendy Kaminer lives in Massachusetts.

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