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Why People Believe Weird Things

Pseudoscience, Superstition and Other Confusions of Our Time

By Michael Shermer
16-minute read
Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition and Other Confusions of Our Time by Michael Shermer

Why People Believe Weird Things provides an overview of the most common pseudoscientific and supernatural theories. It’ll teach you why so many people believe in them, why they’re wrong, and what methods proponents of pseudosciences use to assert their incorrect theories. It also offers both rational arguments for science, and rational arguments against pseudoscience.

  • Anyone interested in science or psychology
  • Anyone who wants to learn about incorrect but widely held beliefs
  • Anyone interested in the difference between science and faith

Michael Shermer is a science journalist, historian and founder of The Skeptics Society – a non-profit organization of over 55,000 members that promotes scientific skepticism and fights pseudoscience. He’s the editor in chief of Skeptic, and writes monthly for Scientific American. He’s also published many other books, such as Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design and The Science of Good and Evil: Why People Cheat, Gossip, Care, Share and Follow the Golden Rule.

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