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No sacred cows : investigating myths, cults, and the supernatural

Author: David G McAfee
Publisher: Durham, North Carolina : Pitchstone Publishing, 2017.
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While belief in religious supernatural claims is waning throughout the West, evidence suggests belief in nonreligious supernatural claims is on the rise. What explains this contradiction? How can a society with a falling belief in God have a rising belief in ghosts, psychic powers, ancient astronauts, and other supernatural or pseudo-scientific phenomena? Taking the same anthropological approach he employed in his  Read more...
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McAfee, David G.
No sacred cows.
Durham, North Carolina : Pitchstone Publishing, 2017
(DLC) 2016052922
(OCoLC)961411835
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David G McAfee
ISBN: 9781634311199 1634311191 9781634311205 1634311205
OCLC Number: 994006236
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Front Cover; Advance Praise; Title Page; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Foreword by Yvette d'Entremont; Introduction; 1. No Sacred Cows; 2. How to Effectively Discuss Sacred Cows; 3. Religion Is Organized Superstition; 4. Blurred Lines Between Atheism and Skepticism; 5. What's the Harm?; 6. My Worldview; 7. You Don't Have to Be a Scientist to Think Like One; 8. The Importance of Reality; 9. "I Know What I Saw!"; 10. Ghosts, Spirits, and Specters; 11. Psychics and Other So-Called Seers; 12. Predictions, Patterns, and (Unfulfilled) Prophecies; 13. Afterlives and Near-Death Experiences 14. Alien Intervention15. The Boy Who Cried Conspiracy; 16. Faith Healing and "Alternative" Medicine; 17. Cult Crisis; Conclusion: My Crystal Ball; Index; About the Author
Responsibility: David G. McAfee ; foreword by Yvette d'Entremont.

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While belief in religious supernatural claims is waning throughout the West, evidence suggests belief in nonreligious supernatural claims is on the rise. What explains this contradiction? How can a society with a falling belief in God have a rising belief in ghosts, psychic powers, ancient astronauts, and other supernatural or pseudo-scientific phenomena? Taking the same anthropological approach he employed in his notable studies of religion, atheist author and activist David G. McAfee turns his attention to nonreligious faith-based claims. Whether going undercover as a medium, getting tested at Scientology headquarters in Los Angeles, or interviewing celebrity paranormalists and famous skeptics, he leaves no stone unturned in his investigation. As in the case of religion, he finds an unwillingness among "believers" to critically examine their most closely held convictions. Only once individuals honestly assess their own sacred cows will they be able to ensure that their beliefs conform to the known facts₇and that our decisions as a society are based on the best available evidence.

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