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Superstition : belief in the age of science

Author: Robert L Park
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"From uttering a prayer before boarding a plane, to exploring past lives through hypnosis, has superstition become pervasive in contemporary culture? Robert Park, the best-selling author of Voodoo Science, argues that it has. In Superstition, Park asks why people persist in superstitious convictions long after science has shown them to be ill-founded. He takes on supernatural beliefs from religion and the afterlife  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Park, Robert L.
Superstition.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2008
(DLC) 2008014926
(OCoLC)221664310
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert L Park
ISBN: 9781400828777 1400828775
OCLC Number: 614020002
Description: 1 online resource ([vii], 215, [xv] pages)
Contents: Lessons from a tree --
A bigger prize : in which we discover scientists of faith --
The secret of life : in which Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection survives --
Miracle at Columbia : in which both sides pray for victory --
Giving up the ghost : in which we search for the soul --
The silent army : in which we search for an afterlife --
The tsunami God : in which the innocent suffer --
The new age : in which anything goes --
Schrödinger's grave : in which quantum mysticism is found to be superstition --
The barbary duck : in which the body heals itself --
The deer : in which the placebo effect is explained --
The moral law : in which we instinctively know right from wrong --
The last butterfly : in which there is no place else to go.
Responsibility: Robert L. Park.

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Argues that superstition become pervasive in contemporary culture. This title asks why people persist in superstitious convictions long after science has shown them to be ill-founded. It examines the  Read more...

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