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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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Carmen
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
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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.
Markii
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!
Herman
Ik ben co-auteur van het boek en kan dan ook niet anders dan het perfect vinden ;-)
Carol
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!
LKM
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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