The Unpersuadables: Adventures with the Enemies of Science

The Unpersuadables: Adventures with the Enemies of Science

by Will Storr
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The Unpersuadables: Adventures with the Enemies of Science by Will Storr

While excavating fossils in the tropics of Australia with a celebrity creationist, Will Storr asked himself a simple question. Why don’t facts work?

Why, that is, did the obviously intelligent man beside him sincerely believe in Adam and Eve, the Garden of Eden and a six-thousand-year-old Earth, in spite of the evidence against them? It was the start of a journey that would lead Storr all over the world—from Texas to Warsaw to the Outer Hebrides—meeting an extraordinary cast of modern heretics whom he tries his best to understand. Storr tours Holocaust sites with famed denier David Irving and a band of neo-Nazis, experiences his own murder during “past life regression” hypnosis, discusses the looming One World Government an iconic climate skeptic, and investigates the tragic life and death of a woman who believed her parents were high priests in a baby-eating cult.

Using a unique mix of highly personal memoir, investigative journalism, and the latest research from neuroscience and experimental psychology, Storr reveals how the stories we tell ourselves about the world invisibly shape our beliefs, and how the neurological “hero maker” inside us all can so easily lead to self-deception, toxic partisanship and science denial.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781468309812
Publisher: The Overlook Press
Publication date: 03/06/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 482,368
File size: 860 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Will Storr is an award-winning novelist and long-form journalist. He has reported from refugee camps in Africa, war-torn rural Colombia, and remote Aboriginal communities in Australia. He is a contributing editor at Esquire, and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Observer, The Sunday Times, and The Guardian. In 2012, he was presented with the Amnesty International award for his work on sexual violence against men. In 2013, his BBC radio series won the AIB award for best investigative documentary. He is author of The Unpersuadables (available from Overlook), Will Storr vs. The Supernatural and The Hunger and the Howling of Killian Lone.

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The Unpersuadables: Adventures with the Enemies of Science 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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peterangelo More than 1 year ago
The Unpersuadables offers a lot of good food for thought even tough I am not quite halfway through I find Will Storrs writing style appealing and insightful. He takes you places and makes you think and reflect on your own beliefs along the way. Very timely book for the day and age we currently live in. Peter