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Andrei

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  • 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Guy P. Harrison
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
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    (41)
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    Maybe you know someone who swears by the reliability of psychics or who is in regular contact with angels. Or perhaps you're trying to find a nice way of dissuading someone from wasting money on a homeopathy cure. How do you find a gently persuasive way of steering people away from unfounded beliefs, bogus cures, conspiracy theories, and the like? Longtime skeptic Guy P. Harrison shows you how in this down-to-earth, entertaining exploration of commonly held extraordinary claims.

    Mr Conway says: "Skepticism, so Dull & Condescending"
    "A bible of political correctness and platitudes"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't think anyone can enjoy listening to a recitation of platitudes delivered in such a condescending tone and without any actual argument


    Has 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It is not the first book written by the self-proclaimed sceptics that I've listened to. I think I've had enough of their shallow argumentation. I'll try and avoid listening to books written by the so-called sceptics in the future.


    What about Erik Synnestvedt’s performance did you like?

    Performance was all right.


    What character would you cut from 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True?

    I've always believed that Americans did indeed land on the Moon in the late 1960-s and early 1970-s, but after listening to Guy Harrison arguing with those who do not believe it, I'm beginning to have my doubts.


    Any additional comments?

    It is irritating listening to an author who feels so morally superior to his opponents that he never even condescends to arguing with them on the merits of the issue. He kind of says, I am a sceptic so I know better, just take my word for it, and if you disagree you are a gullible idiot.

    4 of 24 people found this review helpful

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