50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True by Guy P. Harrison

By Guy P. Harrison

Might be you recognize a person who swears via the reliability of psychics or who's in general touch with angels. or even you're looking for a pleasant means of dissuading anyone from losing funds on a homeopathy therapy. otherwise you met anyone at a celebration who insisted the Holocaust by no means occurred or that nobody ever walked at the moon.
How do you discover a delicately persuasive means of guidance humans clear of unfounded ideals, bogus remedies, conspiracy theories, and so on? Longtime skeptic man P. Harrison exhibits you ways during this down-to-earth, wonderful exploration of generally held outstanding claims.
A veteran journalist, Harrison has not just surveyed an unlimited physique of literature, yet has additionally interviewed prime scientists, explored "the so much haunted condo in America," hung out within the inviting waters of the Bermuda Triangle, or even talked to a "contrite Roswell alien."
Harrison isn't really out just to debunk unfounded ideals. anywhere attainable, he offers substitute clinical motives, which quite often are much more attention-grabbing than the wildest hypothesis. for instance, tales approximately UFOs and alien abductions lack sturdy facts, yet technology supplies us lots of purposes to maintain exploring outer area for facts that lifestyles exists in different places within the giant universe. The facts for Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster will be nonexistent, yet scientists are on a regular basis gaining knowledge of new species, a few of that are actually stranger than fiction.
Stressing the buzz of medical discovery and the valid mysteries and beauty inherent actually, Harrison invitations readers to percentage the fun of rational considering and the skeptical method of comparing our impressive world.

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0's narcissistic, self-congratulatory, self-generated con33 tent revolution has exploded. Before September 2004, there was no YouTube, and author-generated sites like Wikipedia and MySpace were well-kept Silicon Valley secrets. Today, we are watching a hundred million clips a day on YouTube, and MySpace, founded in July 2003, has over ninety-eight million profiles. There are now almost infinite social media sites for teens, pre-teens, post-teens, and, as we will see, even fake teens. The bloggers and the podcasters have taken over our computers, our Internet-enabled cell phones, our iPods.

In a twisted kind of Alice in Wonderland, down-the-rabbithole logic, Silicon Valley visionaries such as Stanford law professor and Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig and cyberpunk author William Gibson laud the appropriation of intellectual property As Gibson wrote in the July 2005 issue of Wired magazine: Our culture no longer bothers to use words like appropriation or borrowing to describe those very activities. Today's audience isn't listening at all— it's participating. Indeed, audience is as antique a term as record, the one archaically passive, the other archaically physical.

However, while many experts embraced Nupedia, the site was rejected by digital Utopians because its strict editorial standards went against their "democratic" principles. 4 The hubris behind this experiment would later grow into the idea that a collective of anonymous, volunteer enthusiasts could aggregate their knowledge into the sum total of human wisdom. As a result, in the not-so-hidden ideology of the collective Wikipedia experiment, the voice of a high school kid has equal value to that of an Ivy League scholar or a trained professional.

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