The Unpersuadables

The Unpersuadables

Adventures With the Enemies of Science

Book - 2014
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Will Storr was in the tropical north of Australia, excavating fossils with a celebrity creationist, when he asked himself a simple question. Why don't facts work? Why, that is, did the obviously intelligent man beside him sincerely believe in Adam and Eve, the Garden of Eden and a six-thousand-year-old Earth, in spite of the evidence against them? It was the start of a journey that would lead Storr all over the world from Texas to Warsaw to the Outer Hebrides meeting an extraordinary cast of modern heretics whom he tries his best to understand. He goes on a tour of Holocaust sites with David Irving and a band of neo-Nazis, experiences his own murder during 'past life regression' hypnosis, discusses the looming One World Government with iconic climate sceptic Lord Monckton and investigates the tragic life and death of a woman who believed her parents were high priests in a baby-eating cult. Using a unique mix of highly personal memoir, investigative journalism and the latest research from neuroscience and experimental psychology, Storr reveals how the stories we tell ourselves about the world invisibly shape our beliefs, and how the neurological 'hero maker' inside us all can so easily lead to self-deception, toxic partisanship and science denial.
Publisher: New York, NY :, The Overlook Press,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781468308181
Branch Call Number: 001.9 STO
Characteristics: 356 pages ; 24 cm

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MJJeffs
Aug 17, 2016

Will Storr is generous in his portrayal of all the characters he encounters, and his engaging style made for a fun read.

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CRAIGEEJ
Jun 01, 2015

The absolute fun in reading this made it all worthwhile the lengths people will go to to make their points of view the ONLY point of view and that your opinion means little of nothing it ranges from the fantastical to the realm of the zealots.

Another_Opinion Feb 22, 2015

Very interesting, and will certainly lead to further reading for me.

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john_doh17
Jul 25, 2014

While I like the work of skeptics such as Micheal Shermer, Steven Novella and James Randi they seem to think they act only as rational, logical beings without any emotions attached. I thought Storr did an excellent job pulling back the curtain on how we are all self deceiving, or at least have our own hidden bias. This book covers a fair amount of ground on how are brains work that I already knew (see "You are not so smart" by David McRaney for a closer look) but it does add some great insights as to how our emotions can get the better of us. I also thought the insights on our tribal nature were a very good addition to what I have read else where and dove tail nicely with out other cognitive biases.

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Dec 20, 2016

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