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Why Brilliant People Believe Nonsense

Author : J. Steve Miller
ISBN : 0988304899
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The passing of time reveals much expert opinion to be nonsense. How can we evaluate expert opinion and learn to think for ourselves? "In the midst of an information explosion, we face a wisdom deficit," notes author J. Steve Miller. This book, in a remarkably accessible and entertaining way, equips readers to think more clearly, innovate more creatively, see through the deceptions of clever advertisers and salesmen, simplify complex and convoluted arguments, manage life's decisions with more confidence, and express convictions more powerfully. This book is designed to be read by all individuals interested in learning critical and creative thinking skills. It can also be used as a text targeting high school seniors and college freshmen. An accompanying website offers free lesson plans and teaching tips.

Handbook Of New Age

Author : Daren Kemp
ISBN : 9789047420132
Genre : Religion
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The New Age Handbook is a comprehensive survey of alternative spiritualities: their history, their global impact, their cultural influence and how they are understood by scholars.

Exploring The Belief In The Real Presence

Author : David J. Keys, PhD
ISBN : 9781491754290
Genre : Religion
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The Eucharistic celebration is an ancient ritual originating almost 2000 years ago. It took place during the last Passover supper Jesus had with his apostles on the day before he died. At that time, Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to the apostles, saying “This is my body.” Subsequently, Jesus took the wine, gave thanks and gave it to the apostles saying, “This is my blood.” Jesus commanded the apostles to “Do this in memory of me.” Currently, the religions of more than three-fourths of the world’s Christians believe that when these same words are said during their faith’s Eucharistic liturgy, the bread and wine turn into the real presence of Jesus Christ, that is, into the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ. In addition, many individuals belonging to those religions which believe in the real presence have little understanding of the basis for this ancient belief. In Exploring the Belief in the Real Presence, author Dr. David J. Keys provides an understanding of the real presence in the Eucharist for both newcomers to the principle and for those who wish to extend their belief to a deeper level. Through scripture and documentation, Keys shares the beauty and richness of this ancient teaching concerning the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

Our Almost Impossible Universe

Author : R. Mirman
ISBN : 9780595378418
Genre : Science
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WHY GOD COULD NOT CREATE THE UNIVERSE WITH A DIFFERENT DIMENSION EVEN IF IT WANTED TO or perhaps anything else. Perhaps the universe must be the way it is. It seems that what is omnipotent is mathematics, elementary arithmetic, just counting. Yet even mathematics is not powerful enough to create a universe there are just too many conditions, conflicting. Existence is impossible. Beyond that for there to be structure is quite inconceivable. But the universe does exist, there are galaxies, stars, even the possibility of life. That life is possible merely allows it to exist but only with the greatest good fortune does it actually occur. Intelligence is vastly less likely, ability and technology far more improbable. That we are, what we are, seem so strange, inconceivable, that we are left merely with wonder and, as we seem unable to realize, the need for the deepest care, responsibility and gratitude. We have been given by the unbelievable benevolence of chance, no life, but life with the most wondrous part of the universe, the ability to think, to know, to create, to wonder and thus the demand that we use our most awesome gifts to protect them, to protect and preserve the world in which they exist, and the life, likely so rare if not unique in the universe, which has received these astounding favors of chance, that has been given by nature its most exalted constituents. What we are requires that we enhance what we are, what we are part of, to see, understand and be grateful. An exploration of the precise conditions required for the existence of humans in the universe. ...the author does an admirable job delineating the laws of physics without becoming too bogged down in complicated jargon, and he maintains a sense of wonder about the unique and random nature of the universe. He repeatedly celebrates our highly improbable achievements as a species, marveling at our ability to use the language of abstract mathematics to unravel the mysteries of existence. ... the prevailing tone of the narrative is clear and confident, marked by a meticulous attention to detail. An...often fascinating journey through the history of the universe and mankind. -Kirkus Discoveries"

Why People Believe Weird Things

Author : Michael Shermer
ISBN : 9780285639690
Genre : Science
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A survey of a range of irrationalisms, with explanations of their empirical and logical flaws, this book describes the differences between science and pseudo-science, and goes on to describe and critique popular contemporary irrationalisms. Why do smart people believe weird things?Why do so many people believe in mind reading, past-life regression therapy, extra-terrestrial abduction and ghosts? What is behind the rise of 'scientific creationism' and Holocaust denial? In an age of supposed scientific enlightenment why do we appear more impressionable than ever?Scientific historian, and director of the Skeptics Society, Michael Shermer debunks these extraordinary claims in a no-holds-barred assault on the popular superstitions and confused prejudices of our time. Exploring the very human reasons behind otherworldly phenomena, conspiracy theories and cults Shermer explains why are they are so appealing to so many."Skepticism is the agent of reason against organized irrationalism -and is therefore one of the keys to human social and civic decency."Stephen Jay Gould, from his forewordShermer reveals the darker side of wishful thinking, through the recovered memory movement, satanic rituals and other modern witch hunts, and ideologies of racial superiority. Confronting those who take advantage of the gullibility of other people to advance their own, self-serving agendas Why People Believe Weird Things is compelling and often disturbing. It is a perceptive portrait of the human capacity for self-delusion and a celebration of the scientific spirit.

Animorphs 1 The Invasion

Author : K. A. Applegate
ISBN : 9780545388665
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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The wildly popular series by K.A. Applegate is back! The first six books of Animorphs return, with striking new lenticular covers that morph. The Earth is being invaded, but no one knows about it. When Jake, Rachel, Tobias, Cassie, and Marco stumble upon a downed alien spaceship and its dying pilot, they're given an incredible power -- they can transform into any animal they touch. With it, they become Animorphs, the unlikely champions in a secret war for the planet. And the enemies they're fighting could be anyone, even the people closest to them. So begins K.A. Applegate's epic series about five normal kids with a limitless amount of forms and abilities.

Mystery Adventure Nonsense

Author : Wave Joann Stevens
ISBN : 9781469104812
Genre : Fiction
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True Stories of Make-Believe to Entertain Readers New book is an anthology of engaging short stories filled with mysteries and adventures. McMinnville, OR Author Wave Joann Stevens treats young readers and fantasy-lovers as she releases, through Xlibris, a rich collection of exciting tales carved out of her imaginative mind. Mystery, Adventure & Nonsense: True Stories of Make-Believe takes readers to a world of the bizarre, eccentric, and utter fun. Composed of six different stories that are somehow interrelated, this release entertains with its unusual themes and unpredictable twists. Throughout the engaging pages, readers will follow The Adventures of Ollie and Willie, the peculiarity of the Reflections in the Mirror, the unconventional twirling of The Ballerina, the oblivion of The Boy, the consequences of being Topsyturvy, and the comfort of the Wooden Arms. Offering not only amusement, all these stories are filled with lessons and morals that are oftentimes forgotten in todays modern lifestyle. With its unconventional characters and uncanny yet highly amusing feel, Mystery, Adventure & Nonsense: True Stories of Make-Believe is a complete compilation of tales that exude the importance of having dreams, the bliss of friendship, and the essence of nature. This book will entertain both the young and the young at heart. For more information on this book, log on to www.Xlibris.com.

Novel Review

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ISBN : SRLF:A0004087045
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Tinsley S Magazine

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ISBN : NYPL:33433081662581
Genre : English fiction
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Saturday Night

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ISBN : PSU:000065396247
Genre : Canada
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