9780691145976

Superstition: Belief in the Age of Science

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  • ISBN13:

    9780691145976

  • ISBN10:

    0691145970

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-07-01
  • Publisher: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS

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Summary

From uttering a prayer before boarding a plane to exploring past lives through hypnosis, superstition has become pervasive in contemporary culture. Robert Park, the best-selling author of Voodoo Science, asks why people persist in superstitious convictions long after science has shown them to be ill-founded.

Author Biography

Robert L. Park is professor of physics at the University of Maryland. He is the author of Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Lessons from a treep. vii
A Bigger Prize: In which we discover scientists of faithp. 1
The Secret of Life: In which Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection survivesp. 23
Miracle at Columbia: In which both sides pray for victoryp. 56
Giving up the Ghost: In which we search for the soulp. 79
The Silent Army: In which we search for an afterlifep. 93
The Tsunami God: In which the innocent sufferp. 104
The New Age: In which anything goesp. 116
Schrödinger's Grave: In which quantum mysticism is found to be superstitionp. 129
The Barbary Duck: In which the body heals itselfp. 142
The Deer: In which the placebo effect is explainedp. 161
The Moral Law: In which we instinctively know right from wrongp. 188
The Last Butterfly: In which there is no place else to gop. 202
Bibliographyp. 217
Indexp. 221
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