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A Classic of Skeptical Writing,
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This review is from: Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science (Popular Science) (Paperback)
Martin Gardner originally wrote this classic text on various forms of pseudoscience, covering the merely amusing to the ouright dangerous, in 1952 (this edition is the revised version from 1957).
While some of what Gardner wrote about has rightly faded away with time, e.g. the original UFO craze, orgone energy, hollow earth theories etc other topics such as creationism, dianetics (scientology) holocaust denial etc are still around in fundamentally unchanged form now in 2008. While it is sad that these various nonsense ideas have enjoyed overlong lives, at least this means many chapers of Gardner's classic skeptical book are not simply interesting as historical essays but are still bang up to date and are as important as ever.
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Initial post: 1 Jul 2011 16:42:55 BDT
I don't remember anything about 'Holocaust denial' in this book
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jul 2011 12:42:09 BDT
It's not explicit and direct, as organised Holocaust denial as we know it now wasn't around at the time of Gardner writing the book, but the thinking behind it is covered in Chapter 13 "Apologists for Hate". This includes discussions of the fraud of "The Protocols of Zion" and other pseudo-scientific anti-semitism which is encountered these days wrapped up with Holocaust denialism.
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