Richard Houchin's Reviews > Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time

Why People Believe Weird Things by Michael Shermer
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Jun 15, 09

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Read in May, 2009

It seems that the basic idea behind the book can be summed up in one quote, "smart people believe weird things because they're good at defending ideas they came to believe for non-smart reasons." The book spends the bulk of its material on creationism and holocaust denialism, which I've heard quite a bit about from other quarters.

Interesting book, but it's hard for me to see why it's so controversial (as it seems to be judging from the quotes and responses Shermer claims to have received over it).
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