A Game of Illusion and Delusion

Hasan Jawaid Khan

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What is it that drives large sections of the population towards belief in miracles and the paranormal and to support unscientific conspiracies and claims? Lack of scientific literacy, a desire to cling to hope, or simply a lazy mind that does not bother to question and reason, or an intelligent mind that seeks attention or, for that matter, a crooked mind that tries to benefit in some manner from weird interpretations of scientific phenomena? All of these may be true. There may be other factors at play too. Donald R. Prothero examines several such claims and controversies and the motivations behind such beliefs in his new book Weird Earth: Debunking Strange Ideas About Our Planet....read more