By Guy P. Harrison
Perhaps 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 means of dissuading a person from losing cash on a homeopathy treatment. otherwise you met anyone 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 approach of guidance humans clear of unfounded ideals, bogus remedies, conspiracy theories, etc? Longtime skeptic man P. Harrison indicates you the way during this down-to-earth, unique exploration of ordinarily held striking claims.
A veteran journalist, Harrison has not just surveyed an unlimited physique of literature, yet has additionally interviewed major 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 out just to debunk unfounded ideals. anyplace attainable, he provides substitute medical motives, 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 offers us lots of purposes to maintain exploring outer house for facts that lifestyles exists in other places within the large universe. The evidence for Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster should be nonexistent, yet scientists are on a regular basis getting to know new species, a few of that are actually stranger than fiction.
Stressing the thrill of medical discovery and the valid mysteries and sweetness inherent in fact, Harrison invitations readers to proportion the thrill of rational pondering and the skeptical method of comparing our remarkable international
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Now I'm convinced it can be explained by the natural dying process,” he said. “My brain was starved of oxygen, and it made me hallucinate. ” GO DEEPER… Blackmore, Susan. Dying to Live: Near-Death Experiences. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 1993. Woerlee, G. M. Mortal Minds: The Biology of Near-Death Experiences. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2005. Zimmer, Carl. Soul Made Flesh: The Discovery of the Brain—and How It Changed the World. New York: Free Press, 2005. I know, as much as I know anything, that there are no psychic powers or spiritual realms.
And this is under the best of conditions. During extremely stressful situations—such as dying—our minds are even more likely to distort reality. Knowing this, how can we justify taking the gigantic leap necessary to involve souls, heaven, and other supernatural causes for these events? Neurologist Nelson adds: People like to say that these experiences are proof that consciousness can exist outside the brain, like a soul that lives after death. I hope that is true, but it is a matter of faith; there is no evidence for that.
Skeptical Odysseys. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2001. Nickell, Joe. Adventures in Paranormal Investigation. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2007. Park, Robert. Voodoo Science: The Road from Fraud to Foolishness. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. Pigliucci, Massimo. Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010. Radford, Benjamin. Scientific Paranormal Investigation: How to Solve the Unexplained Mysteries. Corrales, NM: Rhombus, 2010.
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