50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True by Guy P. Harrison

By Guy P. Harrison

Might be you recognize somebody who swears through the reliability of psychics or who's in general touch with angels. or maybe you are looking for a pleasant approach of dissuading somebody from losing cash on a homeopathy therapy. otherwise you met an individual 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 carefully persuasive means of guidance humans clear of unfounded ideals, bogus remedies, conspiracy theories, and so forth? Longtime skeptic man P. Harrison exhibits you ways during this down-to-earth, enjoyable exploration of as a rule held remarkable claims.

A veteran journalist, Harrison has not just surveyed an unlimited physique of literature, yet has additionally interviewed best scientists, explored "the so much haunted residence 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. anywhere attainable, he offers replacement clinical factors, which normally are much more attention-grabbing than the wildest hypothesis. for instance, tales approximately UFOs and alien abductions lack stable proof, yet technological know-how provides us lots of purposes to maintain exploring outer house for facts that existence exists somewhere else within the mammoth universe. The facts for Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster will be nonexistent, yet scientists are frequently researching new species, a few of that are actually stranger than fiction.

Stressing the thrill of clinical discovery and the valid mysteries and beauty inherent in fact, Harrison invitations readers to percentage the fun of rational considering and the skeptical method of comparing our notable international

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Who shall say where one ends, and the other begins? —Edgar Allan Poe Frank Ward was dying. He had a leg infection that turned extremely nasty and spread to his bloodstream. Septic shock caused his blood pressure and heart rate to plummet. “I was basically in a coma,” Frank explained. “My heart was beating just four to six beats per minute. My brain wasn't getting enough oxygen to do anything or to perceive anything. ” Frank says that at some point during the process of dying, he left his body. Frank bases this on what he remembers seeing in the hospital room.

Here Be Dragons: An Introduction to Critical Thinking (DVD), CreateSpace, 2008. The boundaries which divide life from death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where one ends, and the other begins? —Edgar Allan Poe Frank Ward was dying. He had a leg infection that turned extremely nasty and spread to his bloodstream. Septic shock caused his blood pressure and heart rate to plummet. “I was basically in a coma,” Frank explained. “My heart was beating just four to six beats per minute. My brain wasn't getting enough oxygen to do anything or to perceive anything.

Tauriq Moosa, a young South African intellectual, has lived on both sides of the fence. Years ago he was lured into the world of psychics. Convinced he had special powers, Moosa found it easy to convince others—and get paid. Today, however, he is a graduate school student who writes about skepticism and science topics frequently. He offers his story as a case study in how good minds can stumble. ” Soon he was convinced that he was gifted at reading minds, seeing things others could not, and giving life advice.

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