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Science and Non-Science

Science and Non-Science

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Published by: frances leana capellan on Mar 22, 2009
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Science and Superstition
Impress Your Friends with Latin)
Why We Believe Weird ThingsLogical FallaciesCritical Thinking 
 X-Files: Weird Things
UFOs and the Bermuda TriangleGhosts, demonic possessionBigfoot, Loch Ness monster Alternative medical therapiesAstrology, Feng Shui, palmistryCults, unorthodox religious beliefsUrban myths and conspiracy theoriesESP, déjà vu, alien abduction
Why do we believe in them? What does science have to say about them? 
Why We Believe Weird Things
Because everyone else does
argumentum ad populum
(many people)
 –Because beliefs are shared by others
argumentum ad antiquitatem
 –Because we have long believed so
argumentum ad verecundiam
argumentum ad baculum
 –Celebrities, politicians, even some scientistssubscribe to weird beliefs, help propagate them

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