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

By Theodore Schick, Lewis Vaughn

This concise and fascinating textual content teaches the fundamental ideas of excellent reasoning via an exam of commonly held ideals concerning the paranormal, the supernatural, and the mysterious. by means of explaining what distinguishes wisdom from opinion, technology from pseudoscience, and proof from rumour, tips on how to take into consideration bizarre issues is helping the reader enhance the abilities had to inform the genuine from the fake and the moderate from the unreasonable.

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4. For a more in-depth examination of necessity, see Raymond Bradley and Norman Swartz, Possible Worlds (Indianapolis: Hackett, 1979). 5. Aristotle, Metaphysics, Book IV, 1008b, trans. Richard McKeon (New York: Random House, 1941), p. 742. 6. , Book IV, 1006a, p. 737. 7. Martin Gardner, Time Travel and Other Mathematical Bewilderments (New York: Freeman, 1988) 7. 8. Marc Mills, “Warp Drive When? html 9. Saint Augustine, The City of God, XXI, 8. 10. ” Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 73 (1992): 304–14.

230–31. 15. , p. 234. 16. Gerald Feinberg, “Particles That Go Faster Than Light,” Scientific American, February 1970, pp. 69–77. 17. Laurence M. Beynam, “Quantum Physics and Paranormal Events,” in Future Science, White and Krippner, pp. 317–18. 18. G. A. Benford, D. L. Book, and W. A. , 2 (1970): 63–65. 19. Martin Gardner, “Time Travel,” in Time Travel and Other Mathematical Bewilderments (New York: W. H. Freeman, 1988), p. 4. 20. George Gamow, One, Two, Three . . Infinity (New York: Bantam Books, 1979), p.

But ESP isn’t logically impossible. The notions of reading another’s mind, viewing distant objects, and even knowing the future are not self-contradictory in the way that married bachelors or round squares are. Neither are such paranormal phenomena as alien abduction, out-of-body experiences, or communicating with the dead. What, if anything, these phenomena violate are not the laws of logic, but the laws of physics or, more generally, the laws of science. If they violate those laws, they’re physically impossible.

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