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4.0 out of 5 stars Stop believing in mumbo-jumbo, and live life without fear!, 27 April 2005
This review is from: The Skeptic's Dictionary: A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions (Social Science) (Paperback)
This is an enjoyable book and is helping me to overcome my fears of the supernatural.
All Carroll does is point out that, to date, whenever paranormal phenomena and abilities have been put to the test (controlled studies), they have very rarely shown anything better than chance results.
Carroll also stresses that a lot of stuff is simply in the observer's mind. The Ouija board, for instance, tells you what's in the depths of your mind, not what some "spirit" thinks. The reason people frighten themselves silly is that they don't often like to find out what lurks beneath. The unconscious mind is often best left at that - unconscious.
Again: a crystal is a piece of glass for Heaven's sake. How can that heal anybody of anything?
Finally, he points out the many logical fallacies, e.g., post hoc reasoning, that believers use to justify their beliefs. Just because your results improve after donning a magnetic bracelet is not proof of a causal connection - they dip and rise naturally, and the placebo effect is well known.
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Initial post: 30 Oct 2009 13:01:24 GMT
CIB says:
Crystal is not necessarily glass. I'd have to give up salt if it were. Point taken though.
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