Год издания: 2007
Издатель: Transaction Publishers
Количество страниц: 246
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Why do people accept ideas that are contradicted by science or logic? In Implausible Beliefs, Allan Mazur offers a comparative look at the nature of irrational belief systems, their social roots, and their cultural and political impact. Mazur first provides standards for judging beliefs implausible and assesses the scope of the problem in the United States with respect to politics and social policy. He describes and defends commonsense criteria that together make a strong case that certainly views should not be sustained in the face of present-day understanding. Mazur concludes this first part with a statistical portrait of implausible beliefs in the United States, and who tends to accept them. He then applies criteria for implausibility to the Bible, astrology, and visitation to Earth of intelligent beings from other worlds. Pointing out that everyone "knows" the Bible but few actually read it, Mazur scrolls through the first five books of the text, noting point after point...