Why People Believe Weird Things

Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time

Michael Shermer; Read by the author

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UFO abductions, television psychics, creationism, Holocaust denial. Faced with the rapid changes and anxieties of modern life, many people are turning to the alluring comforts of pseudoscience and the occult. In Why People Believe Weird Things, Michael Shermer explores the very human reasons we find these otherworldly phenomena, conspiracy theories, and cults so appealing.

In this program, Shermer shows how the eternal search for meaning and spiritual fulfillment often results in our thinking being led astray by extraordinary claims and controversial ideas-particularly in the realms of superstition and the supernatural. A compelling portrait of our immense capacity for self-delusion, Why People Believe Weird Things celebrates the scientific spirit and the joy to be found in rationally exploring the world's greatest mysteries, even if many of the questions remain unanswered.

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Michael Shermer; Read by the author

Michael Shermer is the publisher of Skeptic magazine, the director of the Skeptics Society, and the host of the Skeptics Lecture Series at the California Institute of Technology. He is a tireless and highly-sought after speaker on radio and television and has recently appeared on Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher. He is also the author of Denying History and teaches the history of science, technology, and evolutionary thought in the Cultural Studies Program at Occidental College in Los Angeles.

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Why People Believe Weird Things
Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time
Michael Shermer; Read by the author

Abridged Digital Audio

Abridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
March 2003
Abridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781593972929
ISBN10: 159397292X
Audio Run Time: 3:00
$8.99

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Trade Paperback
Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
September 2002
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805070897
ISBN10: 0805070893
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 384 pages, Includes twenty-five black-and-white illustrations
$18.99

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Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
September 2002
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429996761
ISBN10: 1429996765
384 pages, Includes twenty-five black-and-white illustrations
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