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Title:
The unpersuadables : adventures with the enemies of science
Author:
Storr, Will, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : The Overlook Press, 2014.
Physical Description:
355 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
Interweaves personal memoir and investigative journalism with the latest neuroscience and experimental psychology research to reveal how the stories individuals tell themselves about the world shape their beliefs, leading to self-deception, toxic partisanship, and science denial.
General Note:
Previously published under title: The heretics : adventures with the enemies of science. London : Picador, 2013.
Language:
English
Contents:
'It's like treason' -- 'I don't know what's going on with these people...' -- 'The secret of the long life of the tortoise' -- 'Two John Lennons' -- 'Solidified, intensified, gross sensations' -- 'The invisible actor at the centre of the world' -- 'Quack' -- 'Some type of tiny wasps' -- 'Top dog wants his name in' -- 'They're frightening people' -- 'There was nothing there, but I knew it was a cockerel' -- 'I came of exceptional parents' -- 'Backwards and forwards in the slime' -- 'That one you just go, "Eeerrrr"' -- 'A suitable place' -- Epilogue : the hero-maker.
ISBN:
9781468308181

9781468308365
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Book

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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. Storr tours Holocaust sites with famed denier David Irving and a band of neo-Nazis, experiences his own murder during "past life regression" hypnosis, discusses the looming One World Government an iconic climate skeptic, 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.


Author Notes

WILL STORR is a journalist who has dressed up as a woman to impress the transsexual leader of radical pro-suicide campaigners, trained in jungle warfare with the British army, and has been arrested and then deported under armed guard from Los Angeles. He is the author of Will Storr vs. The Supernatural and has written for many publications and won many awards.


Table of Contents

1 'It's like treason'p. 1
2 'I don't know what's going on with these people ..."p. 21
3 'The secret of the long life of the tortoise'p. 31
4 'Two John Lennons'p. 44
5 'Solidified, intensified, gross sensations'p. 52
6 'The invisible actor at the centre of the world'p. 73
7 'Quack'p. 92
8 'Some type of tiny wasps'p. 117
9 'Top Dog wants his name in'p. 136
10 'They're frightening people'p. 159
11 'There was nothing there, but I knew it was a cockerel'p. 181
12 'I came of exceptional parents'p. 199
13 'Backwards and forwards in the slime'p. 219
14 'That one you just go, "Eeerrrr'"p. 252
15 'A suitable place'p. 271
Epilogue: The Hero-Makerp. 299
Acknowledgementsp. 315
A note on my methodp. 316
Notes and referencesp. 318
Indexp. 346