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A great anti-stupidity guide!,
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This review is from: The Skeptic's Dictionary: A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions (Social Science) (Paperback)
I very much enjoy reading this book, which is on the whole, a good guide to some of the most absurd and unbelievably insane notions and practices ever conceived. There are some entries, albeit very few, that let it down, either because they shouldn't be there (psychoanalysis is not a paranormal phenomenon), or because Mr Carroll's counter-arguement is weak, to inaccurate, to non-existent. The entry for Deja-Vu, is one such example; the author presents us with a catalogue of possibilities for the cause of Deja-Vu, each as weak as the next, before finally implying that people with strong experiences in this area, are potential psychiatric cases!
Despite its relatively small failings, this volume is informative, witty and fairly well researched - my personal favourite is The Forer Effect, which gave me a good laugh for its amazing ability to demonstrate just how our levels of gullibility and excessive self-preoccupation, help to line the pockets of quacks and charlatans.