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Did Adam and Eve Have Navels? : Debunking Pseudoscience - Martin Gardner

Did Adam and Eve Have Navels?

Debunking Pseudoscience

Paperback Published: 17th October 2001
ISBN: 9780393322385
Number Of Pages: 352

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Martin Gardner is perhaps the wittiest, most devastating unmasker of scientific fraud and intellectual chicanery of our time. Here he muses on topics as diverse as numerology, New Age anthropology, and the late Senator Claiborne Pell's obsession with UFOs, as he mines Americans' seemingly inexhaustible appetite for bad science. Gardner's funny, brilliantly unsettling exposes of reflexology and urine therapy should be required reading for anyone interested in "alternative" medicine. In a world increasingly tilted toward superstition, Did Adam and Eve Have Navels? will give those of us who prize logic and common sense immense solace and inspiration. "Gardner is a national treasure...I wish this] could be made compulsory reading in every high school-and in Congress."-Arthur C. Clarke "Nobody alive has done more than Gardner to spread the understanding and appreciation of mathematics, and to dispel superstition."- The New Criterion, John Derbyshire

Introductionp. 1
Evolution vs. Creationismp. 5
Did Adam and Eve Have Navels?p. 7
Phillip Johnson on Intelligent Designp. 15
Astronomyp. 27
Near-Earth Objects: Monsters of Doom?p. 29
The Star of Bethlehemp. 40
Physicsp. 49
The Great Egg-Balancing Mysteryp. 51
Zero-Point Energy and Harold Puthoffp. 60
David Bohm: The Guided Wavep. 72
Medical Mattersp. 81
Reflexology: To Stop a Toothache, Squeeze a Toe!p. 83
Urine Therapyp. 92
Psychologyp. 103
Freud's Flawed Theory of Dreamsp. 105
Post-Freudian Dream Theoryp. 115
Jean Houston: New Age Gurup. 124
Social Sciencep. 133
Is Cannibalism a Myth?p. 135
Alan Sokal's Hilarious Hoaxp. 144
The Internet: A World Brain?p. 153
Carlos Castaneda and New Age Anthropologyp. 162
UFOsp. 173
Claiborne Pell, Senator from Outer Spacep. 175
Courtney Brown's Preposterous Farsightp. 185
Heaven's Gate: The UFO Cult of Bo and Peepp. 197
More Fringe Sciencep. 209
Thomas Edison, Paranormalistp. 211
What's Going On at Temple University?p. 221
Religionp. 235
Isaac Newton, Alchemist and Fundamentalistp. 237
Farrakhan, Cabala, Baha'i, and 19p. 247
The Numerology of Dr. Khalifap. 257
The Religious Views of Stephen Jay Gould and Darwinp. 264
The Wandering Jewp. 274
The Second Comingp. 288
The Last Wordp. 297
Science and the Unknowablep. 299
Indexp. 311
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ISBN: 9780393322385
ISBN-10: 0393322386
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 17th October 2001
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.64 x 14.1  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.45

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