Superstition : belief in the age of science /

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Author / Creator:Park, Robert L.
Edition:1st ed.
Imprint:Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2008.
Description:215, [4] p. ; 25 cm.
Subject:Religion and science.
Religion and sociology.
Belief and doubt.
Belief and doubt.
Religion and science.
Religion and sociology.
Format: Print Book
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ISBN:9780691133553 (cloth : alk. paper)
0691133557 (cloth : alk. paper)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. [217-219]) and index.
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Park (physics, Univ. of Maryland), author of Voodoo Science (CH, Nov'00, 38-1529), continues to lambaste nonscientific beliefs in this current book. Genial anecdotal tales introduce each chapter, which are then followed with the cutting criticism of various pseudobelief systems. Dogmatic in his emphasis that science is the only way of knowing, Park weighs faith-based beliefs against scientific evidence and makes no allowance for other ways of knowing. Starting with a concise history of the court-based litigation on the teaching of evolution, the book crushes the arguments of creationists and intelligent design advocates. Park challenges the religious faith of expert scientists who acknowledge evolution as the essential core of biology. Public credulity for religious rites, prayers for healing, shamanic magic, homeopathic medicine, psychokinesis, supernatural notions, and other quackery is attributed to cultural imprinting of superstition during the first years of life. The writing and reasoning is often disjointed, and this physicist has his personal perspective of life, which is limited to the rules of physics. The controversial content should provide debate material for the high school and young college crowd as well as the general public. Summing Up: Recommended. Libraries serving general readers, high school students, lower-division undergraduates, and two-year technical program students. R. A. Hoots emeritus, Sacramento City College

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