Monday, November 04, 2013

50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True

50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True, Guy P. Harrison.  New York, Amherst: Prometheus Books, 2012.  e-book, 473 pps.

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If you are an atheist and you are unfamiliar with Prometheus Books, you owe it to yourself to check out their catalogue.  The publisher focuses on books written by and for freethinkers and cover a variety of topics.  The catalogue itself is organized; something that I very much appreciate.

50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True is also very organized.  Guy P. Harrison employed subheadings in order to organize his subjects.  The subheadings read: Magical Thinking, Out There, Science and Reason, Strange Healings, Lure of the Gods, Bizarre Beings, Weird Places, and Dreaming of the End.  Each belief has its' own chapter.  At the end of each chapter is a reference list of other books and websites if the reader wishes to explore a particular topic in-depth.  The author takes on predictable topics-- creationism, astrology, my god is better than your god, and the end is near.  There are a few topics which are not so predictable-- "All Scientists Are Geniuses and Science Is Always Right" and "Biological Races Are Real" are two examples of those.

sapphoq reviews says:  Guy P. Harrison exhibits the best of rational thinking in 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True.  This is an engaging book especially for those who are new to skepticism.  Freethinkers who have been around for awhile may want to also check out this book.  I did.  Highly recommended. 

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