By Michael Shermer
Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time
This was one of the first books I read on the subject of skepticism and for me, it was like a breath of fresh air. It was proof that there were others beside me who raised their eyebrows in disbelief of the unsubstantiated and often bizarre claims out there.
What I also liked about this book, and others by Michael Shermer, is that it is easy to understand. Some writers on this subject use language so steeped in scientific jargon it makes it hard to read and relate to. Not only it is easy to understand it is a fun read.
In it he covers not only some of the fantastic beliefs systems that abound from UFOs abduction claims to cults, but discusses why and possibly how these beliefs happen.
After reading it for the first time I went onto the Skeptic Society website and signed up for the online newsletter which is also very informative about a variety of subjects. I have read this book a couple of times each will probably read it again someday. I highly recommend it.