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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (223 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Guy P. Harrison Narrator: Erik Synnestvedt Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Maybe you know someone who swears by the reliability of psychics or who is in regular contact with angels. Or perhaps you’re trying to find a nice way of dissuading someone from wasting money on a homeopathy cure. Or you met someone at a party who insisted the Holocaust never happened or that no one ever walked on the moon.

How do you find a gently persuasive way of steering people away from unfounded beliefs, bogus cures, conspiracy theories, and the like? Longtime skeptic Guy P. Harrison shows you how in this down-to-earth, entertaining exploration of commonly held extraordinary claims.

A veteran journalist, Harrison has not only surveyed a vast body of literature, but has also interviewed leading scientists, explored “the most haunted house in America,” frolicked in the inviting waters of the Bermuda Triangle, and even talked to a “contrite Roswell alien.”

Harrison is not out simply to debunk unfounded beliefs. Wherever possible, he presents alternative scientific explanations, which in most cases are even more fascinating than the wildest speculation. For example, stories about UFOs and alien abductions lack good evidence, but science gives us plenty of reasons to keep exploring outer space for evidence that life exists elsewhere in the vast universe. The proof for Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster may be nonexistent, but scientists are regularly discovering new species, some of which are truly stranger than fiction.

Stressing the excitement of scientific discovery and the legitimate mysteries and wonder inherent in reality, Harrison invites readers to share the joys of rational thinking and the skeptical approach to evaluating our extraordinary world.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Susan | 2/19/2014

    " I enjoyed this book very much. The author does a pretty good job of debunking the 50 beliefs briefly and he gives references with each belief for more in-depth information. There are several beliefs that I do plan to look into more since I have read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andrew | 1/29/2014

    " Nice introduction to critical and skeptical thinking. Accessible and engaging, stresses the importance of skeptical thought,but continually points out that all humans are susceptible to falling for nonsense. More of a primer than deep investigation,most topics covered in just a few pages with just an overview of arguments and evidence. "Further Reading" suggestion point reader in direction of more detailed coverage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dusten | 1/23/2014

    " Would probably have been a full 5 stars if I hadn't already extensively studied 90%+ of the 50 beliefs presented in here. Still though, if you aren't familiar with skeptical reasoning, this would probably be a great place to start. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jenny GB | 1/22/2014

    " I agree with the premise of the book that we should be skeptical and not accept all things until we have persuasive proof and I found the first few chapters very enjoyable. However, that point is repeated so many times because the chapters are so small that it becomes more and more difficult to read. I would have enjoyed a book that contained less beliefs and went more in depth into explanations of the beliefs themselves and refuting those beliefs. There are some chapters that do this very well, but many just say something to the effect of there's no proof so I don't believe it. This ended up not really convincing me of much of anything. I think he did the best job of describing things like Area 51 and the Roswell UFOs very thoroughly, but when it came to abstract things like ghosts, angels, etc. both the evidence for and against was very sparse and instead substituted with person stories. I would recommend the book if you were planning on reading a few key chapters and not the whole book. "

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