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Why People Believe Weird Things (Abridged Nonfiction)

by Michael Shermer

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UFO abductions, television psychics, paranormal phenomena, skeptics and believers alike, find themselves debating truths and lies in the strange web of pseudoscience and the occult. With everyday normal life moving too fast to comprehend, people are turning to the bizarre and wacky for comfort. Now, director of the Skeptics Society Michael Shermer explores the very human reasons why we find other worldly phenomena, conspiracy theories, and cults so appealing. The eternal search for meaning and spiritual fulfillment leads us astray by extraordinary claims and controversial ideas, particularly those in the realms of superstition and the supernatural. This celebrates the scientific spirit and the joy to be found in rationally exploring the world's greatest mysteries.

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A bit rambling, but a good "read"

This book covers many of the topics of Shermer's book, "Why We Believe", but is still a good "read". The book is packed with information; however, the statistics can wear on you and the book rambles a bit too much. The book is read by Shermer and he does a very good job. I did not have a problem with the audio quality; it was excellent, as was every book I have downloaded from the iTunes Store. Bottom line... This book is not a good as Shermer's more recent books (Why We Believe and Why Darwin Matters); however, if you liked the recent books, this one is worth a listen.

A million stars for the book

Three for abridged addition. It is nice to hear Shermer read the book but it would be nice to have the whole thing available.


Aside from the sub-par sound quality, I got only about 25 mins into this book only to end up with nothing but silence.
I could get over the poor sound quality... but no sound?!!!
Anybody know how I can get a refund or is this going to have to be the last audiobook I buy?

Michael Shermer, Why People Believe Weird Things (Abridged Nonfiction)
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  • Narrator: Michael Shermer
  • Published: 1998
  • Category: Science
  • Provider: Macmillan Audio
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