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The Skeptic's Dictionary: A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions

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A wealth of evidence for doubters and disbelievers "Whether it's the latest shark cartilage scam, or some new 'repressed memory' idiocy that besets you, I suggest you carry a copy of this dictionary at all times, or at least have it within reach as first aid for psychic attacks. We need all the help we can get." -James Randi, President, James Randi Educational Foundation, ...more
Paperback, 446 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Wiley (TP)
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Sep 25, 2014 Carmen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Skeptics/Knowledge-Hungry People
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Carroll debunks everything. From common beliefs like the belief in prayer, guardian angels, and acupuncture - to strange, strange beliefs like people who believe children with ADHD and ADD are really aliens.

I learned a lot from this book and I enjoyed it. Carroll is smart and funny. He destroys without mercy all beliefs that are not rational or based in science.

However, it took me a long time to read because there's only so much you can read of this in one sitting.

Also, there were specific belie
Heather Cawte
Read on my Kindle.

Not so much of a dictionary, more an encyclopaedia - an alphabetical series of short articles covering everything from acupuncture to urine therapy (and more) from a skeptical, rational perspective.

Not really the kind of thing to sit down and read right through - although that is what I did! - but a good book to dip into and browse through, or refer to for an overview of a new concept, and a jumping-off spot for further reading and investigation.
must-have topical guide/reference book on all things paranormal and their scientific explanations (eg ufo's, phrenology, faith healing, witchcraft, psychics, prophecy, acupuncture, alternative medicine, chiropractic, etc.

your a-z on reality!
Ik ben co-auteur van het boek en kan dan ook niet anders dan het perfect vinden ;-)
This book is a must-read if you're a skeptic or a believer. It covers just about every paranormal and pseudoscientific topic out there!
Eh, it was a good-ish "dictionary", but whatever was up with all of the other book ads-sorry, "recommendations"- in every page? They annoyed the hell out of me and made it a bit of a drag.
Blog-book indeed.
Phillip Bryant
A must have for a skeptical goto guide on woo.
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