How to Think About Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New by Theodore Schick, Lewis Vaughn

By Theodore Schick, Lewis Vaughn

This short, reasonably cheap textual content is helping scholars imagine significantly, utilizing examples from the bizarre claims and ideology that abound in our tradition to illustrate the sound assessment of any declare. The authors specialise in varieties of logical arguments and proofs, making easy methods to take into consideration bizarre issues a flexible complement for common sense, serious pondering, philosophy of technological know-how, or the other technological know-how appreciation classes.

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Failure to come up with any credible examples of ESP (or other paranormal phenomena) serves to confirm our current theories. But if we were to find good evidence for ESP — if, for example, someone were consistently to score well above the score predicted by chance on ESP tests for a number of years under conditions that ruled out any possibility of fraud — we would have to rethink our current scientific theories. But we still wouldn't necessarily have to reject them. For what at first appears to be a contradiction may, upon further examination, turn out not to be.

Oh God, how did I that demons were said to be haunting a house in West Pittston, Pennget into this room sylvania. Jack and Janet Smurl lived there with their four children with all these weird and claimed that the demons were terrorizing them. According to people? the report: "The Smurls said they have smelled the stench of smoke —STEWART BRAND and rotten meat, heard pig grunts, hoofbeats, and bloodcurdling screams and moans. Doors have opened and shut, lights have gone on and off, formless ghostly glows have traveled before them, and the television set has shot across the room.

Warren declared that several demons did indeed inhabit the house. • Long ago, Earth was visited by extraterrestrial beings who imparted advanced technology and learning to primitive humans. So say many people, who ask, How else do you explain the stunning engineering of the pyramids in Egypt and the New World? The ancient designs cut into the Nazca plain in Peru that look like airfield markings meant for approaching spacecraft? The highly accurate Piri Reis map of 1513 that must have been created by some kind of aerial photography?

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