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Did Adam and Eve have navels? : discourses on reflexology, numerology, urine therapy, and other dubious subjects

by Martin Gardner

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More humorous pseudoscience from Gardner   (2006-12-31)

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by vleighton

Yet another amusing collection of columns on pseudo-science from Martin Gardner. These essays were originally published as a column in the Skeptical Inquirer.In this collection, he investigates many of the typical cast of characters, from reflexology to creationism. He has an essay on Philip Johnson, one on Sokal's postmodernist hoax, and one on urine therapy (drinking your own pee for good health). He writes about attempted scientific explanations of the Star of Bethlehem, discusses the Heaven's Gate cult, and examines current predictions of the Second Coming. Another noteworthy theme is his examination of the beliefs of Isaac Newton, Thomas Edison and Stephen Jay Gould. Well worth the read.

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