By Guy P. Harrison
Might be you recognize an individual who swears by means of the reliability of psychics or who's in common touch with angels. or even you are searching for a pleasant method of dissuading a person from losing cash on a homeopathy medication. otherwise you met a person at a celebration who insisted the Holocaust by no means occurred or that not anyone ever walked at the moon.
How do you discover a delicately persuasive method of steerage humans clear of unfounded ideals, bogus remedies, conspiracy theories, and so forth? Longtime skeptic man P. Harrison indicates you ways during this down-to-earth, interesting exploration of mostly held awesome claims.
A veteran journalist, Harrison has not just surveyed an unlimited physique of literature, yet has additionally interviewed best scientists, explored "the such a lot haunted condominium in America," hung out within the inviting waters of the Bermuda Triangle, or even talked to a "contrite Roswell alien."
Harrison isn't out just to debunk unfounded ideals. at any place attainable, he provides replacement medical motives, which as a rule are much more attention-grabbing than the wildest hypothesis. for instance, tales approximately UFOs and alien abductions lack reliable facts, yet technology provides us lots of purposes to maintain exploring outer area for facts that lifestyles exists in other places within the titanic universe. The facts for Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster will be nonexistent, yet scientists are usually studying new species, a few of that are actually stranger than fiction.
Stressing the buzz of clinical discovery and the valid mysteries and beauty inherent in truth, Harrison invitations readers to proportion the fun of rational pondering and the skeptical method of comparing our outstanding international
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What matters is how silly and how many. —Guy P. Harrison Skepticism is the skill and the attitude that helps us navigate our way through an often-crazy world. Applied consistently and with force, skepticism can help us lead safer, happier, and more productive lives. It also helps to keep our minds healthy, sharp, and free by tossing aside much of the irrational junk that would otherwise obscure our view of an amazing universe. When crackpots, crooks, and fools try to lure us down costly or dangerous paths, skepticism is the shield we need to fend them off.
Memorization and categorization are important, and the foundation of being able to understand relationships between objects, but they're not science. The basic property that makes science science is that it's self-checking. You don't just make an assumption; you test it. You see if it works the next time you use it. And you don't assume that just because it did, it always will. And the most important thing, the one aspect of science that sets it apart from all other methods of knowing, is that science isn't loyal.
50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True by Guy P. Harrison