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By Michael Shermer

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In this age of intended medical enlightenment, many folks nonetheless think in brain studying, past-life regression idea, New Age hokum, and alien abduction. A no-holds-barred attack on renowned superstitions and prejudices, with greater than 80,000 copies in print, Why humans think bizarre Things debunks those nonsensical claims and explores the very human purposes humans locate otherworldly phenomena, conspiracy theories, and cults so beautiful. In a completely new bankruptcy, "Why Smart humans think in bizarre Things," Michael Shermer takes on technological know-how luminaries like physicist Frank Tippler and others, who disguise their non secular ideals at the back of the trimmings of science.

Shermer, technological know-how historian and actual crusader, additionally finds the extra harmful aspect of such illogical considering, together with Holocaust denial, the recovered-memory circulation, the satanic ritual abuse scare, and different glossy crazes. Why humans think unusual Things is an eye-opening source for the main gullible between us and those that are looking to defend them.

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Were there any giant squids in San Diego? It only took a few seconds to find an article. Thousands of giant squid had invaded the coast over the last few years. In Mexico, the squid were called red devils. They could reach five feet long, weigh a hundred pounds, and there were lots of documented cases where the squid had attacked humans. With their sharp beaks and toothy tentacles, they could do serious damage. Maybe he wasn’t going crazy after all. It must have been one of those squid that grabbed him.

Colt did his best to try and remember everything that he’d experienced over the course of the day, but by the time he walked out the front door, his memory was already starting to blur. ” Dad asked as Colt stepped into the rental car. ” Colt yawned. ” He frowned. ” He yawned again. “I’m not sure. ” Colt reached up and felt a bump. It was tender. “I’m sure the swelling will go down by morning. Just try to hide it from your mother. ” “No problem,” Colt said after yawning once more. “Do you think we can go back to the hotel?

You’re not allowed to talk about it, even with your family,” Romero said. ” Colt frowned. ” :: 25 :: J O N S. L E W I S “I don’t know. ” “Exactly,” Romero said. “If everyone knew the truth—that there really were monsters in their closets and under their beds, there’d be a widespread panic. ” Colt looked around at the other boys in the mess hall. There were a couple impromptu wrestling matches going on, and some guys were having a belching contest at the next table. Romero followed his gaze and smiled.

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