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    DescriptionThis book identifies eight key mechanisms that can transform a set of ideas into a psychological flytrap. The author suggests that, like the black holes of outer space, from which nothing, not even light, can escape, our contemporary cultural landscape contains numerous intellectual black-holes--belief systems constructed in such a way that unwary passers-by can similarly find themselves drawn in. While such self-sealing bubbles of belief will most easily trap the gullible or poorly educated, even the most intelligent and educated of us are potentially vulnerable. Some of the world's greatest thinkers have fallen in, never to escape. This witty, insightful critique will help immunize readers against the wiles of cultists, religious and political zealots, conspiracy theorists, promoters of flaky alternative medicines, and various other nutcases by clearly setting out the tricks of the trade by which such insidious belief systems are created and maintained.


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    Title
    Believing Bullshit
    Subtitle
    How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stephen Law
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 260
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781616144111
    ISBN 10: 1616144114
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HP
    B&T General Subject: 610
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25200
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: PHI011000
    DC22: 165
    Abridged Dewey: 165
    LC classification: BC175 .L39 2011
    Thema V1.0: QD
    Publisher
    Prometheus Books
    Imprint name
    Prometheus Books
    Publication date
    26 April 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Amherst
    Author Information
    Stephen Law (Oxford, England) is a senior lecturer in philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London; provost for the Centre for Inquiry UK; and the editor of "Think: Philosophy for Everyone" (a journal of the Royal Institute of Philosophy). He is the author of numerous books for adults as well as children, including "The Greatest Philosophers, Companion Guide to Philosophy, The War for Children's Minds," and "Really, Really Big Questions," among other works.