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review 2016-04-16 16:22
Global warming denier published crap book
Global Warming False Alarm: The Bad Science Behind the United Nations' Assertion that Man-made CO2 Causes Global Warming - Ralph B. Alexander

I read somewhere that there are deal breakers when it comes to finding a blog to follow.


At first, I dismissed it as a non issue.


But then when I read a reviewers giving this piece of crap 4 stars and said it was informative. Inform about what?  I know it is either a fake,or I am reading a global warming denier's blog. 


Click to the link to see a long list of global change deniers who wrote crap books. 


My feeling when I see that book is like.... 




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review 2015-05-05 05:25
Brain Maker is a whole of woo and not much substance
Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain–for Life - David Perlmutter,Kristin Loberg

Why do a person wrote a book of woo?

That's not only discredit him as a honest person. It also discredit him as a good doctor.


So why?


There must be a lot of money in the making of woo that goes into the equation of cost analysis. 




Skip this one. 

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review 2014-12-31 21:02
Dashed hopes
Extra Sensory: The Science and Pseudoscience of Telepathy and Other Powers of the Mind - Brian Clegg

If you’re looking for proof of psi phenomena you won’t find it here. Instead, you’ll read a history of poorly designed research and questionable results. This is interesting in itself as an explanation of what constitutes good experimental design and what doesn’t. Although the author describes several theoretical mechanisms that could explain psi phenomena, he also notes that only minimal evidence supports its existence.


In his conclusion, Brian Clegg notes, “… coming at this with an open mind while frankly wishing that ESP did exist, I have to conclude that the existing experiments have demonstrated nothing more than coincidence, artifacts of the experimental design, misunderstanding, and fraud.”


Another physicist, Wolfgang Pauli, became a good friend of psychiatrist, C. G. Jung. The two collaborated together on a book with each contributing a section. In Jung’s section, the psychiatrist describes what he calls synchronicity, a phenomena consisting of meaningful coincidences, and considered to be an acausal connecting principal. Pauli himself experienced a type of synchronicity as the jocularly known Pauli Effect. Reputedly equipment malfunctioned whenever Pauli entered a laboratory in response to the Pauli effect. Jung’s synchronicity as well as Pauli’s Effect is largely based on anecdotal evidence and not achievable in a laboratory as a significant percent of correct guesses regarding the next cards in a deck.


Clegg feels that current methods of testing psi phenomena will never produce significant results. “What the researchers seem to have totally forgotten is that they are attempting to verify the validity of hundreds of years of anecdotal evidence. … Real-world ESP is not about small statistical variations; it is about clear, specific communication.”

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review 2013-10-14 03:28
By Far the Dumbest Thing I Have Had the Misfortune of Reading
The Art of Shapeshifting - Ted Andrews

I decided to read this thinking it would be metaphorical and not literal. Quite frankly, I should have known better, as New Age books are rarely, if ever, metaphorical in nature, but I digress.


From the title, I thought it meant the author was going to explain how to figuratively transform the reader's life into something that would make him or her feel better as a person, which is something I don't mind because sometimes that's what people need. As I got further into the book, I realized that no, this guy meant the reader could literally transform into various animals, including mythical animals such as a phoenix; this is dangerous behavior and quite frankly rather terrifying.


This is the kind of slop I imagine some bored housewife gets into and not something someone with half a brain could read and enjoy. Avoid this garbage at all costs.

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review 2012-11-07 00:00
Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time - Michael Shermer,Stephen Jay Gould To be honest, I don't think this book lived up to its title. "Vague writings on weird things people believe", or "Why these people are wrong" was the more common theme. Some interesting content, but very little of what I expected - ie social theory re: how 'weird things' catch on. There are three chapters entirely devoted to debunking weird things, which, again, is interesting, but not what I was expecting. Some fascinating footnotes, though.
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