This concise and engaging text teaches the basic principles of good reasoning through an examination of widely held beliefs about the paranormal, the supernatural, and the mysterious. By explaining what distinguishes knowledge from opinion, science from pseudoscience, and evidence from hearsay, How to Think about Weird Things helps the reader develop the skills needed to tell the true from the false and the reasonable from the unreasonable.
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New to this Edition
New boxes on ghost hunters, ancient aliens, the Phoenix Lights, the Stephenville lights, end of the world prophecies, and immunization and autism.
New or updated sections on astrology, parapsychology, time travel, space travel, and psychic predictions.
New case study on climate change.
Explanations of over 30 principles of knowledge and evidence enhance readers’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Investigations of over 50 paranormal, supernatural, or mysterious phenomena including ghosts, astrology, ESP, and UFOs demonstrate how to apply principles of reasoning and judgment.
Discussion of the nature and function of science helps readers learn how to use the scientific method and distinguish science from pseudoscience.
Description of the SEARCH formula—a step-by-step procedure for evaluating any hypothesis—gives readers a template for assessing the plausibility of any claim.