The Skeptic's Dictionary: A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions (英語) ペーパーバック – 2003/8/15
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“… I found myself engrossed in the information due to its vast collection of interesting entries…” (M2 Best Books, 22 March 2004)
"...Use this book as protection against attacks by New Agers, alternative therapists and others who have chosen to abandon reason..." (The Times, 25 October 2003)
"...Carroll is always interested in why such beliefs occur and points generously t further literature..." (The Guardian, 18 October 2003)
"...Anyone wanting an informed opinion with which to smack down an argumentative pal should start here..." (Dorset Echo, 25 October 2003)
"...A treat to savour...first reaction is pleasurable incredulity and occasional hilarity... an amazing assembly, elegantly written and level-headed...likely to be used so often it is a pity it is a softback book..." (New Scientist)
"...No reasonable, logic-based library will be without a copy!" (Good Book Guide, March 2004)
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While no subject is covered in fine detail, it is comprehensive, with everything, from new-age spirituality and the supernatural to paranoid conspiracy theorists covered, it provides a rich antidote to the flood of ill-thought and delusional beliefs that plague us daily.
With the popular media, uncritically promoting new-age fads (homeopathy etc.) or recycling old ones (psychic crime solvers), there is too little literature, championing critical thought and objective analysis. This book is just a part of the small canon of work that sets out to present a reasoned response to the fuzzy-thinking and self-deception that is passed off as spiritual truth.
I doubt whether it will manage to change the mind of many a true-believer, in fact that's not the author's purpose. It is more of an overview of what currently held beliefs and fallacies and their counter-arguments. Hopefully it will enable a person, unsure of what to make of the claims they are faced with, to make a more informed decision and also to strengthen the argument and thinking of the casual skeptic.
My only criticism of the book is purely on the low-grade quality of some of the images inside, a minor point as the strength of the book comes purely from the text.
It is in the form of a dictionary or is it more appropriately an encyclopaedia?
You can start reading at page 1 but I think most people will dip in and out of what catches their eye,
or they may just look things up as they occur.
There are so many things in here that are weird, wonderful, unbelievable or proven to be false.
That's what a lot of the book is about - undermining what a lot of us have been told over the years
and it just ain't so! Whether it's fairy stories, gossip, old wives' tales or moonshine, this book looks into it and
tells us if it's true - or not.
There's a lot of people out there who are prepared to make money out of the gullible, and there's
a lot of gullible people out there prepared to part with that money too!
A wonderful addition to any bookshelf.
Despite its relatively small failings, this volume is informative, witty and fairly well researched - my personal favourite is The Forer Effect, which gave me a good laugh for its amazing ability to demonstrate just how our levels of gullibility and excessive self-preoccupation, help to line the pockets of quacks and charlatans.
The book's subtitle ("A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions & Dangerous Delusions") is misleading. The subjects of many of the entries are not at all controversial; for example, "positive-outcome bias" and "placebo effect." These may be included because some may *view* the concepts as strange, or because some may misuse the concepts to defraud others. In any case, their inclusion, the subtitle notwithstanding, is helpful to those of us who are not sure about the legitimacy of a particular practice.
One strength of the book is the thoroughness of the entries.The article on the aforementioned placebo effect covers more than 3 large two-column pages. Yet there are close to 400 articles in all, of varying sizes. Occasional illustrations add to the interest.
Had to have a copy!!!!
A visitor at home borrowed it.
Still missing so bought another - Kindle- version.
No home should be without a copy!!!!