By Guy P. Harrison
Maybe you recognize somebody who swears by way of the reliability of psychics or who's in standard touch with angels. or maybe you're searching for a pleasant approach of dissuading anyone from losing cash on a homeopathy remedy. otherwise you met somebody at a celebration who insisted the Holocaust by no means occurred or that not anyone ever walked at the moon. How do you discover a delicately persuasive manner of steerage humans clear of unfounded ideals, bogus treatments, conspiracy theories, and the like?
This down-to-earth, wonderful exploration of normally held amazing claims can help you place the checklist instantly. the writer, a veteran journalist, has not just surveyed an unlimited physique of literature, yet has additionally interviewed best scientists, explored "the such a lot haunted condominium in America," hung out within the inviting waters of the Bermuda Triangle, or even talked to a "contrite Roswell alien." he's not out just to debunk unfounded ideals. anywhere attainable, he provides replacement medical factors, which often are much more interesting than the wildest hypothesis.
For instance, tales approximately UFOs and alien abductions lack solid facts, yet technology offers us lots of purposes to maintain exploring outer area for proof that lifestyles exists somewhere else within the tremendous universe. The evidence for Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster will be nonexistent, yet scientists are frequently learning new species, a few of that are actually stranger than fiction.
Stressing the buzz of medical discovery and the valid mysteries and sweetness inherent in truth, this e-book invitations readers to percentage the fun of rational considering and the skeptical method of comparing our notable world.
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This chapter focuses on the first stage, the process of collecting or gathering knowledge. Gathering Knowledge Vivid metaphors such as ‘collecting’ or ‘gathering’ knowledge conjure up an obviously oversimplified picture, as if knowledge could be picked up like shells from the seashore or pulled from bushes and trees like fruit or netted like butterflies. 5 These terms are used here as no more than shorthand for a series of processes that include exploring, observing, surveying and experimenting, not to mention buying, looting and, not least, asking questions and listening to local informants.
The Tangut city of Khara-Khoto in western China was excavated by the Russian Pyotr Kozlov in 1907–9. The Inca city of Machu Picchu was discovered in 1911 by the American historian Hiram Bingham (with the help of a local farmer), while systematic excavations of the Mayan remains at Palenque began in 1934. Anthropological expeditions were also made at this time. Among the best known are the Jesup North Pacific Expedition (1897–1902), in which Franz Boas participated; the Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to Torres Straits (1898), actually an interdisciplinary enterprise; and the French Mission Dakar-Djibouti (1931–3), which included a leading anthropologist, Marcel Griaule.
Konvitz (1987); Brown (1989); Waquet (2003, 2008). 10 Rueschemeyer and Skocpol (1996), 3. 11 Znaniecki (1940); McNeely with Wolverton (2008); McNeely (2009); Thackray and Merton (1972), 473. 12 Fabian (2000), 25. 13 Hudson (1981); Kuklick (1993); Harley (2001); Lane (2001). Cf. Ringer (2000). 14 Oleson and Voss (1979), 440–55. 15 Knorr-Cetina (1999). 16 Quoted in Young (2004), 369. 31 17 Naisbitt and Aburdene (1990); Mittelstrass (1992). Cf. Davenport and Prusak (1998), 1–24. 18 Drucker (1993), 41.
50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True by Guy P. Harrison