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|ISBN:||0805070893 9780805070897 9780613916622 061391662X|
|Notes:||"First Owl Books edition"--T.p. verso.|
|Description:||xxvi, 349 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||Foreword: The Positive Power of Skepticism / Stephen Jay Gould --
Prologue: Next on Oprah --
pt. 1. Science and Skepticism. 1. I Am Therefore I Think: A Skeptic's Manifesto. 2. The Most Precious Thing We Have: The Difference Between Science and Pseudoscience. 3. How Thinking Goes Wrong: Twenty-five Fallacies That Lead Us to Believe Weird Things --
pt. 2. Pseudoscience and Superstition. 4. Deviations: The Normal, the Paranormal, and Edgar Cayce. 5. Through the Invisible: Near-Death Experiences and the Quest for Immortality. 6. Abducted!: Encounters with Aliens. 7. Epidemics of Accusations: Medieval and Modern Witch Crazes. 8. The Unlikeliest Cult: Ayn Rand, Objectivism, and the Cult of Personality --
pt. 2. Evolution and Creationism. 9. In the Beginning: An Evening with Duane T. Gish. 10. Confronting Creationists: Twenty-five Creationist Arguments, Twenty-five Evolutionist Answers. 11. Science Defended, Science Defined: Evolution and Creationism at the Supreme Court --
pt. 4. History and Pseudohistory. 12. Doing Donahue: History, Censorship, and Free Speech. 13. Who Says the Holocaust Never Happened, and Why Do They Say It?: An Overview of a Movement. 14. How We Know the Holocaust Happened: Debunking the Deniers. 15. Pigeonholes and Continuums: An African-Greek-German-American Looks at Race --
pt. 5. Hope Springs Eternal. 16. Dr. Tipler Meets Dr. Pangloss: Can Science Find the Best of All Possible Worlds? 17. Why Do People Believe Weird Things? 18. Why Smart People Believe Weird Things.
|Responsibility:||Michael Shermer ; foreword by Stephen Jay Gould.|