50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True by Guy P. Harrison

By Guy P. Harrison

EISBN-10: 1616144963
eISBN-13: 9781616144968
ISBN-10: 1616144955
ISBN-13: 9781616144951

Maybe you recognize an individual who swears through the reliability of psychics or who's in average touch with angels. or even you're looking for a pleasant means of dissuading anyone from losing funds on a homeopathy remedy. otherwise you met anyone at a celebration who insisted the Holocaust by no means occurred or that nobody ever walked at the moon. How do you discover a delicately persuasive means of guidance humans clear of unfounded ideals, bogus therapies, conspiracy theories, and the like? 

This down-to-earth, wonderful exploration of normally held impressive claims might help you place the list instantly. the writer, a veteran journalist, has not just surveyed an unlimited physique of literature, yet has additionally interviewed major scientists, explored "the so much haunted residence in America," hung out within the inviting waters of the Bermuda Triangle, or even talked to a "contrite Roswell alien." he's not out just to debunk unfounded ideals. anyplace attainable, he provides substitute medical motives, which quite often are much more attention-grabbing than the wildest hypothesis.

For instance, tales approximately UFOs and alien abductions lack reliable facts, yet technological know-how offers us lots of purposes to maintain exploring outer area for facts that existence exists in different places within the immense universe. The facts for Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster might be nonexistent, yet scientists are usually getting to know new species, a few of that are actually stranger than fiction.

Stressing the thrill of clinical discovery and the valid mysteries and sweetness inherent actually, this ebook invitations readers to proportion the thrill of rational considering and the skeptical method of comparing our remarkable world.  

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Daniel Mothe, who came to the group in 1 952, did some systematic work at Renault; with some workers from the factory, he published and distributed a few hundred copies of Tribune Ouvr£ere on the inside. Henri Simon, for his part, played an important role in a movement of employees at a large insurance company; they set up a 'council' of their own and broke with the unions . Other working-class contacts were established here and there, a few correspon­ dents from the provinces began. to appear.

A group is founded on the basis of an affinity of ideas, it goes about its little business, the participants, ten or fifteen of them, have known one another for a long time, they meet together and each has come to like the way the others smell, they are isolated but have a few outside con­ tacts. No problem. One fme day - after May '68, let us say - a hundred guys, it matters little who they are, show up at their meeting and ask, 'Is it open? ' They are told: 'Yes, of course. ' Then, the person who was 12 A n Introductory Interview supposed to read the agenda for the meeting says, 'We had decided to dis­ cuss today subjects A, B, and C .

But one can­ not avoid the fact that it is they who have committed themselves to assuming responsibility, in an ongoing way, for the tasks the collective, the militants, have set for themselves, and that it is they who assume responsibility as well for the decisions made as to their own orientation and activities. To pretend to suppress the scission between militants, members of the organization, and the others by refusing to say who is and who is not a member of the group is to evade, in thought alone, the real difficulties that arise from the fact that there are people for whom work in a collectivity .

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