Why People Believe Weird Things

  • by Michael Shermer
  • Narrated by Michael Shermer
  • 3 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

UFO abductions, television psychics, paranormal phenomena, skeptics and believers alike, find themselves debating truths and lies in the strange web of pseudoscience and the occult. With everyday normal life moving too fast to comprehend, people are turning to the bizarre and wacky for comfort. Now, director of the Skeptics Society Michael Shermer explores the very human reasons why we find other worldly phenomena, conspiracy theories, and cults so appealing. The eternal search for meaning and spiritual fulfillment leads us astray by extraordinary claims and controversial ideas, particularly those in the realms of superstition and the supernatural. This celebrates the scientific spirit and the joy to be found in rationally exploring the world's greatest mysteries.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Michael Shermer is the perfect authority for this topic. Having once believed in almost everything - from alien abductions to near-death experiences - he now believes in almost nothing. Or at least, he needs a lot of convincing. With a scientist's precision, he methodically dissects common beliefs and errors in thinking that most of us commit at least some of the time. Shermer is the master of the reality check, but he's far more than just a misanthropic debunker of superstition. He knows, and explains, why we have a need to believe the implausible. This is smart listening. (Rick L.)

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Shermer is all over this.

Shermer has been the editor of Skeptic Magazine for some years and in that time has come across many weird beliefs and has attended many dubious seminars and psuedo-science events. Shermer tells it how it is and uses reason and whit to get over the real science and socoilogy behind ridiculous claims. I read the book first, and it would be a good idea to get an unabridged version of this (If Shermer has the time) but this is an excellent listen covering some of his adventures to the other side of science. I would also recommend 'Borderlands of science' and his most recent release of his lectures on the history of science.
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- Lesley

sceptical of sceptical

It's a sceptical of sceptical of sceptics.
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- Giedrius

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-02-2000
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio