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Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future
Donald R. Prothero

Indiana University Press, 2013

The battles over evolution, climate change, childhood vaccinations, and the causes of AIDS, alternative medicine, oil shortages, population growth, and the place of science in our country—all are reaching a fevered pitch. Many people and institutions have exerted enormous efforts to misrepresent or flatly deny demonstrable scientific reality to protect their nonscientific ideology, their power, or their bottom line. To shed light on this ...
  
  











  



  
Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design
Michael Shermer

Holt Paperbacks, 2007

"Shermer is savage about the shortcomings of intelligent design and eloquent about the spirituality of science . . . An invaluable primer." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review   Science is on the defensive. Half of Americans reject the theory of evolution and intelligent-design campaigns are gaining ground. Classroom by classroom, creationism is overthrowing biology.   In Why Darwin Matters , bestselling author Michael Shermer decodes ...
  
  











  



  
Secrets of Mental Math: The Mathemagician's Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks
Arthur Benjamin, Michael Shermer

Three Rivers Press, 2006

These simple math secrets and tricks will forever change how you look at the world of numbers. Secrets of Mental Math will have you thinking like a math genius in no time. Get ready to amaze your friends—and yourself—with incredible calculations you never thought you could master, as renowned “mathemagician” Arthur Benjamin shares his techniques for lightning-quick calculations and amazing number tricks. This book will teach you to do ...
  
  











  



  
Abominable Science!: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids
Daniel Loxton, Donald R. Prothero

Columbia University Press, 2013

Throughout our history, humans have been captivated by mythic beasts and legendary creatures. Tales of Bigfoot, the Yeti, and the Loch Ness monster are part of our collective experience. Now comes a book from two dedicated investigators that explores and elucidates the fascinating world of cryptozoology. Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero have written an entertaining, educational, and definitive text on cryptids, presenting the arguments ...
  
  











  



  
The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies---How We Construct Beliefs and ...
Michael Shermer

St. Martin's Griffin, 2012

Synthesizing thirty years of research, psychologist and science historian Michael Shermer upends the traditional thinking about how humans form beliefs about the world. Simply put, beliefs come first and explanations for beliefs follow. The brain, Shermer argues, is a belief engine. Using sensory data that flow in through the senses, the brain naturally begins to look for and find patterns, and then infuses those patterns with meaning, forming ...
  
  











  



  
The Science of Good and Evil: Why People Cheat, Gossip, Care, Share, and Follow the Golden Rule (Holt ...
Michael Shermer

Holt Paperbacks, 2005

From bestselling author Michael Shermer, an investigation of the evolution of morality that is "a paragon of popularized science and philosophy" The Sun (Baltimore) A century and a half after Darwin first proposed an "evolutionary ethics," science has begun to tackle the roots of morality. Just as evolutionary biologists study why we are hungry (to motivate us to eat) or why sex is enjoyable (to motivate us to procreate), they are now searching ...
  
  











  



  
Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time
Michael Shermer

Holt Paperbacks, 2002

Revised and Expanded Edition. In this age of supposed scientific enlightenment, many people still believe in mind reading, past-life regression theory, New Age hokum, and alien abduction. A no-holds-barred assault on popular superstitions and prejudices, with more than 80,000 copies in print, Why People Believe Weird Things debunks these nonsensical claims and explores the very human reasons people find otherworldly phenomena, conspiracy ...
  
  











  



  
A Manual for Creating Atheists
Peter Boghossian

Pitchstone Publishing, 2013

For thousands of years, the faithful have honed proselytizing strategies and talked people into believing the truth of one holy book or another. Indeed, the faithful often view converting others as an obligation of their faith--and are trained from an early age to spread their unique brand of religion. The result is a world broken in large part by unquestioned faith. As an urgently needed counter to this tried-and-true tradition of religious ...
  
  











  



  
The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom
Michael Shermer

Henry Holt and Co., 2015

Bestselling author Michael Shermer’s exploration of science and morality that demonstrates how the scientific way of thinking has made people, and society as a whole, more moral From Galileo and Newton to Thomas Hobbes and Martin Luther King, Jr., thinkers throughout history have consciously employed scientific techniques to better understand the non-physical world. The Age of Reason and the Enlightenment led theorists to apply scientific ...
  
  











  



  
The Mind of the Market: How Biology and Psychology Shape Our Economic Lives
Michael Shermer

Holt Paperbacks, 2009

"[A] captivating raconteur of all the greatest hits of behavioral, evolutionary and neuropsychology . . . Fascinating."— Los Angeles Times Book Review How did we make the leap from ancient hunter-gatherers to modern consumers, and why do people get so emotional about financial decisions? The national bestseller The Mind of the Market uncovers the evolutionary roots of our economic behavior. Drawing on the new field of neuroeconomics, ...
  
  











  



  
Denying History: Who Says the Holocaust Never Happened and Why Do They Say It?
Michæl Shermer, Alex Grobman

University of California Press, 2000

Denying History takes a bold and in-depth look at those who say the Holocaust never happened and explores the motivations behind such claims. While most commentators have dismissed the Holocaust deniers as antisemitic neo-Nazi thugs who do not deserve a response, historians Michael Shermer and Alex Grobman have immersed themselves in the minds and culture of these Holocaust "revisionists." They have conducted personal interviews with the ...
  
  











  



  
The Borderlands of Science: Where Sense Meets Nonsense
Michael Shermer

Oxford University Press, 2002

In The Borderlands of Science , Michael Shermer takes us to the place where real science, borderline science--and just plain nonsense--collide. Shermer argues that while science is the best lens through which to view the world, it is often difficult to decipher where valid science leaves off and borderland, or "fuzzy" science begins. To solve this dilemma, he looks at a range of topics that put this boundary line in high relief. For instance, ...
  
  











  



  
Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown

Times Books, 2010

Bestselling author Michael Shermer delves into the unknown, from heretical ideas about the boundaries of the universe to Star Trek's lessons about chance and time A scientist pretends to be a psychic for a day-and fools everyone. An athlete discovers that good-luck rituals and getting into "the zone" may, or may not, improve his performance. A historian decides to analyze the data to see who was truly responsible for the Bounty mutiny. A son ...
  
  











  



  
In Darwin's Shadow: The Life and Science of Alfred Russel Wallace: A Biographical Study on the Psychology of ...
Michael Shermer

Oxford University Press, 2011

Virtually unknown today, Alfred Russel Wallace was the co-discoverer of natural selection with Charles Darwin and an eminent scientist who stood out among his Victorian peers as a man of formidable mind and equally outsized personality. Now Michael Shermer rescues Wallace from the shadow of Darwin in this landmark biography. Here we see Wallace as perhaps the greatest naturalist of his age--spending years in remote jungles, collecting ...
  
  











  



  
Painting in a World Transformed: How Modern Art Reflects Our Conflicting Responses to Science and Change
William H. Libaw

McFarland & Company, 2005

This book shows how painting since the mid–1800s has reflected Western society’s mixed feelings about the transformations in our world produced by science and technology. Neither a chronicle of the development of modern art nor a history of the modern era, it instead discusses how artists have represented feelings and ideas about the technological changes of modern times. Some artists approach this task with an outward focus, representing ...
  
  











  



  
Mathemagics: How to Look Like a Genius Without Really Trying
Arthur Benjamin, Michael Brant Shermer

Lowell House, 1994

MATHEMAGICS shows you how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide faster in your head than with a calculator, let alone using pencil and paper. Imagine knowing the cash register total at the supermarket before the clerk rings it up, or the exact tip at a restaurant without appearing to think about it. With MATHEMAGICS these tricks are so easy to learn that they make calculating actually enjoyable.
  
  











  



  
Pseudoscience and Deception: The Smoke and Mirrors of Paranormal Claims

University Press of America, 2013

Pseudoscience and Deception is a compilation of some of the most eye-opening skeptical articles pertaining to extraordinary claims and pseudoscience. The articles explore paranormal, extraordinary, or fringe-science claims and reveal logical explanations or outline the deceptive tactics involved in convincing the vulnerable. Topics include claims of astrology, psychic ability, alternative medicine, after-death communication, psychotherapy, and ...
  
  











  



  
Teach Your Child Math: Making Math Fun for the Both of You
Arthur Benjamin, Michael Brant Shermer, ...

Lowell House, 1996

Suggests a variety of games that help teach math and problem-solving skills, and includes activities for preschoolers up to fifth-graders.
  
  











  



  
Brain, Belief, and Politics (Cato Unbound Book 92011), ...

Cato Institute, 2011

In recent years, brain science has converged on a surprising framework for how we believe the things we believe. It appears that the origin of belief is emotive, rooted in things like group allegiance or the affinities we may have for certain patterns of moral values. Only later does our rationality speak up. "Motivated reasoning" is the term psychology has given this process, although a cynic might possibly be forgiven for calling it "bias." ...
  
  











  








   



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