Legends, Lore, and Lies: A Skeptic's Stance (A Longman Topics Reader)

Legends, Lore, and Lies: A Skeptic's Stance (A Longman Topics Reader)

By: Joseph Calabrese (author)Paperback

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Legends, Lore, and Liespresents critical readings in five sections-urban legends, alternative medicine, the media's role in public gullibility, psychics and the paranormal, and pseudo science-to demonstrate the importance of critical examination and the differences between an opinion or assertion and a supported claim.

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Preface Introduction: A Skeptic's Stance Carl Sagan, The Burden of Skepticism 1. URBAN LEGENDS Jan Brunvand, "Lights Out!" A Faxlore Phenomenon L. Kirk Hagen, French Follies: Appalling Deception of a 9/11 Conspiracy Theory Samuel Sass, A Patently False Patent Myth-Still. Jan Willem Nienhuys, Spontaneous Human Confabulation: Requiem for Phyllis Richard Roeper, Big Lies on Campus: Exam Scams. 2. MEDIA GULLIBILITY Science Indicators 2000: Belief in the Paranormal or Pseudoscience, Skeptical Inquirer Shari Waxman, Mind Over Media Philip J. Klass , That's Entertainment! TV's UFO Coverup Bryan Farha , Stupid "Pet Psychic" Tricks and the Animal Planet Network Joe Nickell, Bone Box of Contention: The James Ossuary Joyce Bynum, Kidnapped by an Alien 3. ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE Lynn McCutcheon, What's That I Smell? The Claims of Aromatherapy James Livingston, Magnetic Therapy: Plausible Attraction Harriet Hall, Oxygen Is Good-Even When It's Not There Harriet Hall, Wired to the Kitchen Sink: Studying Weird Claims for Fun and Profit Catherine Guthrie, Homeopathy Finally Gets Some Respect Stephen Barrett, Analysis of Kevin Trudeau's "Natural Cures" Infomercial 4. PSYCHICS AND THE PARANORMAL Martin Gardner, Heaven's Gate: The UFO Cult of Bo and Peep David E. Thomas, Hidden Messages and the Bible Code Carl Sagan, The First Crop Circles Gary P. Posner, A Not So Psychic Detective? John McCrone, Psychic Powers: What are the Odds? Sonya Fitzpatrick, The Turtle Jean Lafitte: Adventures of a Pet Psychic 5. PSEUDO SCIENCE Robert Park, Only Mushrooms Grow in the Dark Philip Plait, The Disaster that Wasn't: The Great Planetary Alignment of 2000 Susan Blackmore, Why I Have Given Up Eugenie Scott, My Favorite Pseudoscience Stephen Jay Gould, Dr. Down's Syndrome Elizabeth Loftus, Remembering Dangerously

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  • publication date: 03/11/2006
  • ISBN13: 9780321439246
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 246
  • ID: 9780321439246
  • weight: 286
  • ISBN10: 0321439244

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