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A book with some great highlights, but a few flaws.,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Supersition, and Other Confusions of Our Time: Pseudoscience, Superstition and Other Confusions of Our Time (Taschenbuch)
I really can't add a whole lot to what has been said by prior reviewers. I think that they pretty much nailed it on the head. But here's my take anyway.
The first 1/3 of the book is excellent and a must read. As mentioned before, the list of logical errors and fallacies is great food for thought.
The second 1/3 is still very interesting, although Shermer doesn't really back up his claims about the feedback loop concept which he uses to describe cult accusations. Unfortunately, this book doesn't provide enough information to prove his hypotheses, and although it has an extensive bibliography, I don't have the time to read all these other books.
The final 1/3 of the book, on creation and the holocaust, is really the worst. The creation section is readable, but he spends too much time complaining about the creationists methods and not enough analysing why they believe what they do. The holocaust section is really the worst. His arguments are really not convincing. They are basically, "Everyone knows the Holocaust happened so, the deniers are wrong." I actually do believe it happened, but I don't think that Shermer could have convinced me if I did not.
Basically, the book is a fun read, its well written and often humorous, but I think Shermer gets a little too carried away on some subjects. I would reccomend it to anyone, with the caveat that the end is a tad boring and unbeleivable.
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