A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions

From Abracadabra to Zombies

Book Reviews

R & R

Recommendations & Rejections


Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (2011).

The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It by Kelly McGonigal (2015)

On the Move: a Life by Oliver Sacks (2015)

Fortune-telling by James Michener (n.d., unpublished)

Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces by Radley Balko (2014)

God Bless America: Strange and Unusual Religious Beliefs and Practices in the United States by Karen Stollznow (2013)

Charlatan: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam by Pope Brock (2013)

The Spark of Life: Electricity in the Human Body by Frances Ashcroft (2012)

Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks (2012)

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (2011)

The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True (young adult) by Richard Dawkins (2011)

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee (2010)

Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism by Temple Grandin (Vintage 2010)

The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear by Seth Mnookin (Simon & Schuster 2011)

At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson (Doubleday 2010)

Hitch 22: A Memoir by Christopher Hitchens (Twelve 2010)

SuperSense: Why We Believe in the Unbelievable by Bruce Hood (HarperCollins 2010)

Scientific Paranormal Investigation: How to Solve Unexplained Mysteries by Benjamin Radford (Rhombus 2010)

The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons (Crown 2010)

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution by Richard Dawkins (Free Press 2009)

Outliers: The Story of Success
by Malcolm Gladwell (Little Brown & Company 2008)

How Doctors Think
by Jerome Groopman, M.D. (Houghton Mifflin 2007)

The Cure Within: A History of Mind-Body Medicine
by Anne Harrington (W. W. Norton 2008).

Snake Oil Science: The Truth about Complementary and Alternative Medicine
by R. Barker Bausell (Oxford 2007).

The March of Unreason: Science, Democracy, and the New Fundamentalism
by Dick Taverne (Oxford 2006).

The God Delusion
by Richard Dawkins (Houghton Mifflin 2006).

Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism
by Susan Jacoby (Owl Books 2004).

Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife
by Mary Roach (W. W. Norton 2005).

The Power of Persuasion - How We're Bought and Sold
by Robert Levine (John Wiley & Sons 2003),
Don't Get Taken! - Bunco and Bunkum Exposed - How to Protect Yourself

by Robert A. Steiner (Wide-Awake Books 1989), and
The Full Facts Book of Cold Reading (third edition)
by Ian Rowland (Ian Rowland Limited 2002).

Bad Astronomy: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing "Hoax"
by Philip C. Plait (John Wiley & Sons 2002).

Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press
edited by Kristina Borjesson  (Prometheus Books 2002).

The Eternal Frontier: An Ecological History of North America and Its Peoples
by Tim Flannery (Atlantic Monthly Press 2001).

Madness on the Couch - Blaming the Victim in the Heyday of Psychoanalysis
by Edward Dolnick (Simon & Schuster 1998).

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

The Encyclopedia of the Paranormal
edited by Gordon Stein, Ph.D. (Prometheus Books 1996).

Multiple Identities & False Memories
by Nicholas F. Spanos (American Psychological Association 1996).

Searching for Memory - the brain, the mind, and the past
by Daniel L. Schacter (Basic Books 1996).

Not Out of Africa - How Afrocentricism Became an Excuse to Teach Myth as History
by Mary Lefkowitz (Basic Books 1996).

The Demon-Haunted World - Science as a Candle in the Dark
by Carl Sagan (Random House 1995).

"Crazy" Therapies: What are they? Do they work?
by Margaret Thaler Singer and Janja Lalich (Jossey-Bass Publishers 1996).

An Unquiet Mind - A Memoir of Moods and Madness
by Kay Redfield Jamison (Vintage Books 1997).


Evolution Rx : A Physician's Guide to Harnessing Our Innate Capacity for Health and Healing by William Meller, MD (Perigee 2009)

The End of Materialism: How Evidence of the Paranormal is Bringing Science and Spirit Together by Charles T. Tart, Ph.D. (New Harbinger 2009)

The Afterlife Experiments: Breakthrough Scientific Evidence of Life After Death
by Gary Schwartz (Atria 2003)

The Mind of the Market: Compassionate Apes, Competitive Humans, and Other Tales from Evolutionary Economics
by Michael Shermer (Times Books 2007)

Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality
by Dean Radin (Paraview Pocket Books 2006)

The Conscious Universe: The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena
by Dean Radin (HarperOne 1997)

Ghost Hunters - William James and the Hunt for Scientific Proof of Life After Death
by Deborah Blum (Penguin Press 2006).

False Profits: Seeking Financial and Spiritual Deliverance in Multi-Level Marketing and Pyramid Schemes
by Robert L. Fitzpatrick and Joyce Reynolds (Herald Press 1997).

The Rediscovery of the Human Soul
by L. Ron Hubbard (Scientology Press ? 1996).

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