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Human reasoning can be easily trapped in fallacies.
The strongest part of this book is the overview of the different flaws in human reasoning. Read more
C. P. Snow once wrote that the sciences and the arts represented `two cultures.' He missed out a third culture: belief in pseudoscience and other confusions. Read morePublished on 11 Sept. 2011 by F Henwood
The best thing about my 1997 edition is the bizarre cover (the weird thing is that I bought it on that basis); it proclaims 'spooky' yet the essential spookiness of why people... Read morePublished on 5 May 2011 by Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso'
The concept seems interesting enough and a subjective exploration into the subject would have been worthwhile, but this is an opinionated book written with a superior tone. Read morePublished on 5 Mar. 2010 by Freddie Valentine
This book is a true gem. It covers a great deal of why people believe pseudo-science, pseudo-history and a range of falsehoods and nonsense (showing the holes in reasoning along... Read morePublished on 23 Nov. 2009 by Robert Hill
I am by nature a doubting Thomas, and I also doubted whether this would actually be a worthwhile read, or just full of dogmatic right-wing garbage. Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2009 by Tomas Jevne
I picked this book up based on recommendations provided by the New England Sceptic Society (Which has great pod casts by the way)
I really wanted to understand why... Read more
While this book might better have been titled 'What weird people believe', Shermer addresses many of the North American emotional aberrations with wit and clarity. Read morePublished on 27 Mar. 2005 by Stephen A. Haines
This was a difficult read which did not satisfy my expectations based on the title. I read numerous tales and personal views before, on page 275, Shermer actually answer the... Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2003