Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Book Report

Why People Believe Weird Things
  Michael Shermer

In this the book called Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusion of Our time by Michael Shermer talks about how people things because they can, or they have the “intelligence” to. Shermer talks about the beliefs and hopes that most people share. “Most of us harbor a type of faith in science, and a confidence that somehow science will solve our major problems.” (Shermer, 7) We always rely on scientist to fix our problems. We also believe that if something is from science, it must be true. Which is no always true.
 He talks about how thinking can go wrong. Such as, rumors not being equal to reality. Which is true, rumors are untrue stories that have been told and get spread to person to person until someone believes them. Using harsh words such as “rape, cancer, evil, communist.” (Shermer, 55) It has an easier way of sticking into people’s mind if the story is used with these kinds of words. “Religious faith depends on social, psychological and emotional factors that have little or nothing to do with probabilities, evidence and logic.” Said Shermer. I believe that this quote is true because so many people base their religious believe on other people. Such as those who believe in the bible. They believe that there should be no color people in the world. There should not be any kind of LGBT action anywhere.   
My favorite part of the book that I found interesting was when he talked about the Holocaust. He talks about how there a people who deny that it had happened. Some people say that teaching the Holocaust is child abuse. I believe that they are wrong. In my opinion, all education communities should have a program for The Holocaust. This is important because we need to know what brainwashing is and not to repeat history when Donald Trump decides to take over the world. I see a lot of similarities when it comes to Hitler and Donald Trump. Even after Trump the Holocaust needs to be taught for many years. It also teaches kids that they can’t discriminate others, or harm another human being because of their religion, or even color. 

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