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PostSubject: Why People Believe Weird Things   Fri Jun 20, 2008 11:44 pm

So far the best and most objective book I have read on the subject of scepticism is "Why People Believe Weird Things". The author, Michael Shermer is the founder of the Skeptic Society and editor of Skeptic magazine (US Sp.)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/People-Believe-Weird-Things-Pseudoscience/dp/0805070893
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Why_People_Believe_Weird_Things

Rather than launching an attack on religion, the book gives very fair rational debates on various areas of debunking including UFO abductions, creationism, holocaust deniers, cold readers and even tackles a hero of the author's head on: Ayn Rand. The Ayn Rand chapter, "The Unlikeliest of Cults", is worth buying the book alone. It certainly helped me form a balanced view on the great philosopher's works and ideas.
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PostSubject: Re: Why People Believe Weird Things   Fri Jun 20, 2008 11:54 pm

Thanks Jamie,

that books been on my wishlist ages now,

me thinks I should buy it,

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PostSubject: Re: Why People Believe Weird Things   Mon Jun 23, 2008 12:12 am

For me, it is more objective than a lot of the atheist and anti-religious stuff out there. He gives credit where due and only addresses the facts. Shermer's only agenda seems to be to promote scepticism.
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PostSubject: Re: Why People Believe Weird Things   Mon Jun 23, 2008 1:12 am

Jamie,

I created this form to promote scepticism also,

hopefully I can do that justice,

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PostSubject: Re: Why People Believe Weird Things   Mon Jun 23, 2008 1:38 pm

Well you have my 100% support.

There is strong talk about stepping out of comfort zones, swallowing ego and keeping an open mind in many philosophies. For me, scepticism is that completely distilled.
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PostSubject: Re: Why People Believe Weird Things   Mon Jun 23, 2008 4:41 pm

Thanks for the support mate,

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