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Adams, James L. Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas 3rd ed. (Perseus Press, 1990). ***

Belsky, Gary and Thomas Gilovich. Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes-And How to Correct Them: Lessons from the New Science of Behavioral Economics (Fireside, 2000).***

Beveridge, W. I. B. The Art of Scientific Investigation (New York: Vintage Books, 1957).  ***

Bronowski, Jacob. The Ascent of Man (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1973). ***

Brugioni, Dino A. Photo Fakery : The History and Techniques of Photographic Deception and Manipulation ( Brasseys Inc., 1999). ***

Carroll, Robert Todd. Becoming a Critical Thinker - A Guide for the New Millennium (Boston: Pearson Custom Publishing, 2000) ***

Carroll, Robert Todd. Becoming a Critical Thinker - A Guide for the New Millennium. 2nd edition (Boston: Pearson Custom Publishing, 2005) ***

Churchland, Patricia Smith. Neurophilosophy - Toward a Unified Science of the Mind-Brain (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1986). ***

Damasio, Antonio R. Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain (Avon Books, 1995). ***

Damasio, Antonio R. The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness (Harvest Books, 2000).***

Darwin, Charles. From So Simple a Beginning: Darwin's Four Great Books (Voyage of the H.M.S. Beagle, The Origin of Species, The Descent of Man, The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals). ed. E. O. Wilson.***

Dawes,Robyn M.  Everyday Irrationality : How Pseudo Scientists, Lunatics, and the Rest of Us Systematically Fail to Think Rationally (Westview Press, 2001). *** 

Dawkins, Richard. The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design (W W Norton & Co., 1996). ***

Dawkins, Richard. Climbing Mount Improbable (W W Norton & Co., 1996). ***

De Camp, L. Sprague The Ancient Engineers (New York: Ballantine Books, 1977).  ***

Dennett, Daniel Clement. Brainstorms: Philosophical Essays on Mind and Psychology (Montgomery, Vt.: Bradford Books, 1978).  ***

Dennett, Daniel Clement. Consciousness explained illustrated by Paul Weiner (Boston : Little, Brown and Co., 1991).  ***

Dennett, Daniel Clement. Darwin's dangerous idea: evolution and the meanings of life (New York : Simon & Schuster, 1995).  ***

Dennett, Daniel Clement. Elbow room : the varieties of free will worth wanting (Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 1984).  ***

Dennett, Daniel Clement. Kinds of minds : toward an understanding of consciousness (New York, N.Y. : Basic Books, 1996).  ***

Diamond, Jared. (2005). Guns, Germs, and Steel - the Fates of Human Societies. W. W. Norton.  ***

Diamond, Jared. (2005). Collapse - How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. Viking.  ***

Dickson, D. H., & Kelly, I. W. "The 'Barnum effect' in personality assessment: A review of the literature," Psychological Reports, 57, 367-382, (1985). 

Evans, Bergen. The Natural History of Nonsense (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1957).  ***

Ferris, Timothy. The Whole Shebang : A State-Of-The-Universe's Report (Touchstone, 1998). ***

Feynman, Richard.  The Character of Physical Law (Modern Library, 1994). ***

Feynman, Richard.  Elementary Particles and the Laws of Physics : The 1986 Dirac Memorial
(Cambridge University Press, 1989). ***

Feynman, Richard. The Meaning of It All : Thoughts of a Citizen Scientist (Perseus, 1998). ***

Fraser, Steve, editor, The Bell Curve Wars : Race, Intelligence, and the Future of America (Basic Books, 1995). ***

Friedlander, Michael W. At the Fringes of Science, (Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1995). 

Friedlander, Michael. The Conduct of Science (New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1972). ***

Gardner, Martin. Gardner's Whys & Wherefores (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989). ***

Gardner, Martin. Science: Good, Bad and Bogus (Buffalo, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 1981). ***

Gardner, Martin. The WHYS of a Philosophical Scrivener (New York: Quill, 1983). ***

Giere, Ronald, Understanding Scientific Reasoning, 4th ed, (New York, Holt Rinehart, Winston: 1998). ***

Gilovich, Thomas. How We Know What Isn't' So: The Fallibility of
Human Reason in Everyday Life
(New York: The Free Press, 1993)

Gould, Stephen Jay. "Evolution as Fact and Theory," in Hen's Teeth and Horse's Toes (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1983). ***

Gould, Stephen Jay. "Piltdown Revisited," in The Panda's Thumb, (New York: W.W Norton and Company). ***

Gould, Stephen Jay, Eight Little Piggies: Reflections in Natural History, (New York : Norton, 1993). ***

Gould, Stephen Jay. Ever Since Darwin (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1979). ***

Gould, Stephen Jay. The Flamingo's Smile (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1987). ***

Gould, Stephen J. The Lying Stones of Marrakech : Penultimate Reflections in Natural History (Harmony Books, 2000).***

Gould, Stephen J. The Mismeasure of Man (New York, Norton: 1981). ***

Hofstadter, Douglas R. and Daniel C. Dennett The mind's I: fantasies and reflections on self and soul (New York : Basic Books, 1981).  ***

Hofstadter, Douglas. Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern (New York: Basic Books, 1985). See especially chapter 5, "World Views in Collision: The Skeptical Inquirer versus the National Enquirer". ***

Huber, Peter W. Galileo's Revenge : Junk Science in the Courtroom (New York: Basic Books, 1991). ***

Hyman, Ray. "`Cold Reading': How to Convince Strangers that You Know All About Them", The Skeptical Inquirer, Spring/Sumer 1977. 

Jamison, Kay Redfield. An Unquiet Mind - A Memoir of Moods and Madness (New York: Vintage Books, 1997). *** Review

Kandel, Eric R. & James H. Schwartz, eds. Principles of Neural Science 4th ed. (McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing, 2000).***

Kincheloe, Joe L. et al. editor, Measured Lies : The Bell Curve Examined (St. Martin's Press, 1997). ***

Kourany, Janet A., Scientific Knowledge: Basic Issues in the Philosophy of Science, 2nd edition (Belmont: Wadsworth Publishing Co., 1998). ***

Kurtz, Paul. The New Skepticism - Inquiry and Reliable Knowledge (Buffalo, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 1992).***

Kurtz, Paul. Philosophical Essays in Pragmatic Naturalism (Buffalo, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 1990). ***

Livingston, James D. Driving Force: The Natural Magic of Magnets (Harvard University Press, 1997). ***

Loftus, Elizabeth F. Memory, Surprising New Insights Into How We Remember and Why We Forget (Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley Pub. Co., 1980).  ***

Loftus, Elizabeth F. Eyewitness Testimony (Harvard University Press, 1996). ***

Loftus, Elizabeth and Katherine Ketcham. Witness for the Defense : The Accused, the Eyewitness, and the Expert Who Puts Memory on Trial (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1991).  ***

Loftus, Elizabeth. The Myth of Repressed Memory: False Memories and Allegations of Sexual Abuse (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1994).  ***

Montagu, Ashley. The Concept of Race (New York: Free Press of Glencoe, 1964).  ***

Montagu, Ashley. Man's Most Dangerous Myth: Fallacy of Race (Altamira Press, 1997). ***

Montagu, Ashley and Edward Darling. The Ignorance of Certainty (New York: Harper & Row, 1970). ***

Montagu, Ashley. Race and IQ: Expanded Edition (Oxford University Press, 1999). ***

Paine, Thomas. The Age of Reason (1794) 

Palmer, Douglas et al. The Simon & Schuster Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures: A Visual Who's Who of Prehistoric Life (Simon & Schuster, 1999) ***

Park, Robert L. Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud  (Oxford University Press, 2000) ***

Paulos, John Allen. Beyond Numeracy : Ruminations of a Numbers Man (Vintage Books, 1992). ***

Paulos, John Allen. Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences (Vintage Books, 1990). ***

Popper, Karl R. The Logic of Scientific Discovery (New York: Harper Torchbooks, 1959). *** 

Radner, Daisie and Michael. Science and Unreason (Belmont, California: Wadsworth Publishing Co., 1982), especially chapter 3, "Marks of Pseudoscience." *** 

Ramachandran, V. S. and Sandra Blakeslee. Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind (Quill, 1999).***

Ruchlis, Hy. How Do You Know It's True? Discovering the Difference Between Science and Superstition (Buffalo, New York: Prometheus Books, 1991). ***

Ryle, Gilbert. The Concept of Mind (New York: Barnes and Noble: 1949). ***

Sacks, Oliver W. An anthropologist on Mars : seven paradoxical tales (New York : Knopf, 1995). ***

Sacks, Oliver W. The man who mistook his wife for a hat and other clinical tales (New York : Summit Books, 1985). ***

Sacks, Oliver W. A leg to stand on (New York : Summit Books, 1984). ***

Sacks, Oliver W. Seeing voices : a journey into the world of the deaf (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989). ***

Sagan, Carl. Broca's Brain (New York: Random House, 1979). ***

Sagan, Carl. The Demon-Haunted World - Science as a Candle in the Dark (New York: Random House, 1995). ***  Review

Schacter, Daniel L. (Editor) Memory Distortion : How Minds, Brains, and Societies Reconstruct the Past (Harvard University Press, 1997) ***

Schacter, Daniel L. Searching for Memory - the brain, the mind, and the past (New York: Basic Books, 1996). *** Review

Schick, Jr.,Theodore and Lewis Vaughn. How to Think About Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age, (Mountain View, California: Mayfield Publishing Company, 1995). *** 

Schultz, Ted. ed. The Fringes of Reason, (New York: Harmony Books, 1989) 

Shermer, Michael. The Borderlands of Science: Where Sense Meets Nonsense (Oxford University Press, 2001).***

Shermer, Michael and Alex Grobman. Denying History : Who Says the Holocaust Never Happened and Why Do They Say It? (University of California Press, 2000).***

Shermer, Michael. Why People Believe Weird Things : Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time (W H Freeman & Co.: 1997). ***

Silk, Joseph. The Big Bang, 3rd edition (W H Freeman & Co., 2001).***

Spanos, Nicholas P. and John F. Chaves, editors Hypnosis: the Cognitive-behavioral Perspective (Buffalo, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 1989). ***

Spanos, Nicholas P. Multiple Identities and False Memories: A Sociocognitive Perspective (Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, 1996). ***

Sternglass, Ernest J., Ph.D. Before the Big Bang : The Origins of the Universe (Four Walls Eight Windows; 2001).***

Sutherland, Stuart. Irrationality: Why We Don't Think Straight! (Rutgers University Press, 1994)  ***






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