By Guy P. Harrison
Probably you recognize anyone who swears through the reliability of psychics or who's in standard touch with angels. or even you are looking for a pleasant method of dissuading an individual from losing funds on a homeopathy healing. otherwise you met a person at a celebration who insisted the Holocaust by no means occurred or that nobody ever walked at the moon.
How do you discover a carefully persuasive means of steerage humans clear of unfounded ideals, bogus remedies, conspiracy theories, and so on? Longtime skeptic man P. Harrison indicates you ways during this down-to-earth, enjoyable exploration of in most cases held remarkable claims.
A veteran journalist, Harrison has not just surveyed an enormous physique of literature, yet has additionally interviewed best scientists, explored "the so much haunted apartment in America," hung out within the inviting waters of the Bermuda Triangle, or even talked to a "contrite Roswell alien."
Harrison isn't really out just to debunk unfounded ideals. at any place attainable, he provides substitute clinical factors, which often are much more interesting than the wildest hypothesis. for instance, tales approximately UFOs and alien abductions lack stable facts, yet technological know-how offers us lots of purposes to maintain exploring outer house for facts that existence exists in different places within the significant universe. The evidence for Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster could be nonexistent, yet scientists are usually studying new species, a few of that are actually stranger than fiction.
Stressing the thrill of clinical discovery and the valid mysteries and sweetness inherent in truth, Harrison invitations readers to proportion the fun of rational pondering and the skeptical method of comparing our notable international
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Extra resources for 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True
Maybe those things are real, but near-death experiences and out-of-body experiences have alternative explanations that are far more down-to-earth and more likely to be true. The strange sensation of leaving one's body is not, it turns out, all that strange. Nothing supernatural is required to explain it. A confused brain can even do the trick. It's not the same as a dying brain, but it does show how this sort of thing can happen by natural means. The feeling of separation from one's body has been induced by simple experiments with mirrors.
I'm a decent human being with a conscience. In fact, I was already feeling a few stabs of guilt for having tricked her at all. I immediately confessed that I was just pretending and have no psychic powers. I explained that I hadn't realized that she believed it when we parted ways that day. If I had known, I would have told her then. Even though I justified the encounter to myself by thinking of it as a harmless experiment, I admit feeling a bit creepy for doing it. After that experience, I find it deeply disturbing that professional psychics around the world make a living doing that to trusting people all the time.
And it does. Still, it's hard to let go of an idea even when you know it's wrong. Sometimes the idea is stubborn (or its holder is). Sometimes it's comforting to have a warm, fuzzy idea. I bet that most of the time, though, it's ego, pure and simple. We identify with the ideas we keep, and if that idea is wrong, then that means some part of us is wrong. That's a difficult issue to deal with. And that's why kids can be natural-born scientists, but terrible skeptics. And that's OK; sometimes kids need to just do stuff “because I said so,” and you don't want them always questioning you.
50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True by Guy P. Harrison