Revised And Expanded

Michael Shermer

Foreword by

Stephen Jay Gould

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"Science Defended, Science Defined" originally appeared in the journal Science, Technology, and Human Values, 16, no. 4 (Autumn 1991), 517-539.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Shermer, Michael.

Why people believe weird things: pseudoscience, superstition, and other confusions of our time / Michael Shermer; foreword by Stephen Jay Gould.—Rev. and expanded. p. cm. "First Owl Books edition"—T.p. verso. "An owl book." Includes bibliographical references and Index. ISBN 0-8050-7089-3 (pbk.)

1. Pseudoscience. 2. Creative ability in science. I. Tide. Q172.5.P77 S48 2002

133—dc21 2002068784

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