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 severely, utilizing examples from the unusual claims and ideology that abound in our tradition to illustrate the sound assessment of any declare. The authors specialise in forms of logical arguments and proofs, making how one can take into consideration bizarre issues a flexible complement for common sense, severe considering, philosophy of technological know-how, or the other technology appreciation classes.

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Similarly, it has been claimed, four-dimensional objects can create the illusion of change by being projected onto the screen of consciousness one slice People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubborn, persistent illusion. —ALBERT EINSTEIN ON KNOWING THE FUTURE 2 7 The Psychic Scorecard Tabloid newspapers often publish the predictions of professional psychics. The Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP) has been keeping track of these predictions for a number of years.

In such a case, the scientific community is said to have undergone a paradigm shift. There have been many paradigm shifts in the past. Galileo's discovery of the moons of Jupiter and the phases of Venus led to a shift from a geocentric (Earth-centered) view of the solar system to a heliocentric (sun-centered) one. Darwin's discovery of the strange creatures of the Galapagos Islands led to the shift from creationism to evolution. The failure to detect the "luminiferous ether" (the medium in which light waves were supposed to travel) led to a shift from Newtonian physics to Einsteinian physics.

J. Böhm and B. J. Hiley, "On the Intuitive Understanding of Nonlocality as Implied by Quantum Theory," Foundations oj Physics 5 (1975): 9 5 - 9 6 . 15. Victor J. Stenger, "The Spooks of Quantum Mechanics," Skeptical Inquirer 15 (1990): 5 1 - 6 1 . 16. Adrian Dobbs, "The Feasibility of a Physical Theory of ESP," in Science and ESP, ed. J. R. Smythies (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1967), p. 230. 17. , pp. 2 3 0 - 3 1 . 18. , p. 2 3 4 . 19. Gerald Feinberg, "Particles That Go Faster Than Light," Scientific American, February 1970, pp.

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