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Pseudoscience and Extraordinary Claims of the Paranormal: A Critical Thinker's Toolkit
Jonathan C. Smith

Wiley-Blackwell, 2009

Pseudoscience and Extraordinary Claims of the Paranormal: A Critical Thinker's Toolkit provides readers with a variety of "reality-checking" tools to analyze extraordinary claims and to determine their validity. Integrates simple yet powerful evaluative tools used by both paranormal believers and skeptics alike Introduces innovations such as a continuum for ranking paranormal claims and evaluating their implications Includes an ...


Woman Who Glows in the Dark: A Curandera Reveals Traditional Aztec Secrets of Physical and Spiritual Health
Elena Avila, Joy Parker

Tarcher, 2000

"An autobiographical account of how a psychiatric nurse specialist became a folk medicine healer; this also explains the origins and practice of one of the oldest forms of medicine in the New World."— Kirkus .


Dialogues and Natural History of Religion
David Hume

Oxford University Press, 2009

David Hume is one of the most provocative philosophers to have written in English. His Dialogues ask if a belief in God can be inferred from what is known of the universe, or whether such a belief is even consistent with such knowledge. The Natural History of Religion investigates the origins of belief, and follows its development from polytheism to dogmatic monotheism. Together, these works constitute the most formidable attack upon ...


The Tiger's Wife: A Novel

Random House, 2011

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST •  NEW YORK TIMES  BESTSELLER In a Balkan country mending from war, Natalia, a young doctor, is compelled to unravel the mysterious circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather’s recent death. Searching for clues, she turns to his worn copy of  The Jungle Book and the stories he told her of his encounters over the years with “the deathless man.” But most extraordinary of all is the story her ...


The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism
Edward Feser

St. Augustines Press, 2010

The central contention of the "New Atheism" of Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens is that there has for several centuries been a war between science and religion, that religion has been steadily losing that war, and that at this point in human history a completely secular scientific account of the world has been worked out in such thorough and convincing detail that there is no longer any reason why a rational ...


The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan

Ballantine Books, 1997

"A glorious book . . . A spirited defense of science . . . From the first page to the last, this book is a manifesto for clear thought." *Los Angeles Times "POWERFUL . . . A stirring defense of informed rationality. . . Rich in surprising information and beautiful writing." *The Washington Post Book World How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don't understand the difference between ...


The Superstitions of Witchcraft, 2011

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Evil Intentions: How an Act of Kindness Led to Senseless Murder, 2012

On January 29, 1981 young Suzanne Rossetti locked herself out of her car in Phoenix on the way to meeting her parents. Two drifters offered to help her out. One was an escaped convict, the other had just been released from prison. Within minutes they had abducted Suzanne who they then subjected to a night of rape and terror before brutally murdering her in Arizona's Superstition Mountains. This is an account of murder, told from all sides, such ...


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 ...


Superstition Unveiled, 2012

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Superstitions of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

AlbaCraft Publishing, 2012

Devoting his life to collecting the superstitions, folk tales and customs of the people in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland in the mid-late nineteenth century, John Gregorson Campbell presents a wealth of superstitions, folk tales and customs of the Highlanders and Islanders of his day. From the superstitions and customs associated with the old Celtic calendar, to old spells and charms and the meaning of dreams, Campbell's work remains ...


God and Man at Yale: The Superstitions of 'Academic Freedom'
William F. Buckley

Regnery Publishing, 1986

"For God, for country, and for Yale…in that order," William F. Buckley Jr. wrote as the dedication of his monumental work—a compendium of knowledge that still resonates within the halls of the Ivy League university that tried to cover up its political and religious bias. Buckley's harsh assessment of his alma mater divulged the reality behind the institution's wholly secular education, even within the religion department and divinity ...


Life Is a Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition
Wendell Berry

Counterpoint, 2001

[A] scathing assessment…Berry shows that Wilson's much-celebrated, controversial pleas in Consilience to unify all branches of knowledge is nothing more than a fatuous subordination of religion, art, and everything else that is good to science…Berry is one of the most perceptive critics of American society writing today.-Lauren F. Winner, Washington Post Book WorldI am tempted to say he understands [Consilience] better than Wilson ...


Most Dangerous Superstition
Larken Rose

Larkin Rose, 2011

Another fine book by Larken Rose.


60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Phoenix: Including Tempe, Scottsdale, and Glendale
Charles Liu

Menasha Ridge Press, 2009

With more than 4 million people, the Phoenix metropolitan area is one of the country's largest. Surprisingly, it's also one of the most diverse and dramatic for hikers, with scenic destinations ranging from area parks, greenbelts, and preserves to high and low deserts and breathtaking mountains. This easy-to-use guide features the best scenic day hikes, determined by author Charles Liu using state-of-the-art GPS technology. These hikes are ...


Roscoe Riley Rules #7: Never Race a Runaway Pumpkin
Katherine Applegate

HarperCollins, 2009

Roscoe Riley doesn't mean to break the ruless Never Race a Ranaway Pumpkin Pumpkin Contest If Roscoe guesses the weight of a giant pumpkin, he'll be a winner! Easy, right? But a little black cat keeps trying to cross his path! Will the bad-luck kitty ruin Roscoe's chance to win?


The Fairy Mythology Illustrative of the Romance and Superstition of Various Countries, 2012

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The Memoirs of a Prague Executioner: A Historical Novel Based on Actual Events

Sharpless House, Inc., 2014

A young man is about to graduate from medical school when a sudden shift of fate changes his life forever. He becomes stuck in the most detested profession for the rest of his life, and he is on his way to becoming the most well-known executioner in the history of Bohemia. Master Jan finds himself in the center of the historical events of the time. The religious and political turmoil of Bohemia culminates in the 1621 White Mountain Battle. ...


Theories of Human Nature: Classical and Contemporary Readings
Donald Abel

McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages, 1991

This is an historically organized collection of readings from 15 thinkers, from Plato to the present, including non-western (Mencius) and feminist (de Beauvoir) texts. Helpful editorial features include introductions to each writer, discussion questions, annotated bibliographies, and a general introduction to reading philosophical texts.


The Devil and Commodity Fetishism in South America
Michael T. Taussig

The University of North Carolina Press, 2010

In this classic book, Michael Taussig explores the social significance of the devil in the folklore of contemporary plantation workers and miners in South America. Grounding his analysis in Marxist theory, Taussig finds that the fetishization of evil, in the image of the devil, mediates the conflict between precapitalist and capitalist modes of objectifying the human condition. He links traditional narratives of the devil-pact, in which the soul ...



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