Bogus Science: Some People Really Believe These Things by John Grant

By John Grant

We satisfaction ourselves at the medical tradition within which we are living, yet is it rather so clinical? Is it now not the fact that huge elements of our society are awash with rules and preconceptions that can now not be extra divorced from technology, even if frequently they are wrongly or fraudulently defined as "scientific"?John supply, writer of the hugely winning books Discarded technological know-how and Corrupted technology, now turns his cognizance to the synthetic that too frequently dons the mantle of technology from pyramidology to The Secret’s putative "Law of Attraction", from the frequent yet lost sure bet that the mystical has been confirmed to the hunt for Bigfoot, Atlantis, perpetual-motion machines and human positive aspects at the floor of Mars. In a textual content jam-packed with witty observations, pleasant asides and deft skewerings, he's unafraid to talk fact to a few of our strongest fake ideals.

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Giordano Bruno (1548–1600), Lo Spaccio de la Bestia Trionfante (1584; trans as The Expulsion of the TriumphantBeast) There is a difference between having a mind that is open to new ideas and one that is simply vacant. – Michael W. Friedlander, At the Fringes of Science (1995) I am often asked why I find it comparatively easy to believe in evaporating black holes and invisible cosmic matter, but not in straightforward things like ghosts and flying saucers that ordinary people apparently see all the time.

By the 1950s in the UK, 20% credited astrology, 17% believed in ghosts (and about 7% believed they’d seen one), and over 15% swore by such superstitions as lucky numbers and mascots. In Germany at roughly the same time, about one-third of the people believed in astrology while the levels of superstition were substantially higher than the UK equivalents. In a 1977 Roper survey in the US, belief in astrology ran at 25%, ESP 53%, Heaven and Hell 74%, UFOs as alien artefacts 29%, and reincarnation 14% – this last figure was down from a 1969 survey which had shown belief in reincarnation running at 20%.

Au South Africa: Trinity Books. com Copyright © AAPPL Artists’ and Photographers’ Press Ltd 2009 Text copyright © John Grant 2009 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, copied, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior written permission of the copyright owner. A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library. uk Half-title page: See page 256 Title page background: See pages 142–3 Title page: See page 188 CONTENTS DEDICATION & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AUTHOR’S NOTE INTRODUCTION BOGUS SCIENCE, or Some People Really Believe These Things BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX DEDICATION This book was largely written in the wake of a rollercoaster ride of surgical operations and periods of convalescence.

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