Random House, Inc. At a time when popular knowledge of basic science has sunk to a new low and books promoting angels, parapsychology, and bizarre forms of medicine and healing outnumber skeptical books by more than a thousand to one, Americans need a voice of sanity.
Weird Water and Fuzzy Logic introduces readers to mind-wrenching probability paradoxes, recent attacks on the Big Bang Theory, and Marianne Williamson's success promoting The Course of Miracles, which is said to have been channeled by Jesus. Other columns address E-prime, a language that omits all forms of the verb "to be"; Norman Vincent Peale's beliefs in the paranormal; repressed memory therapy; science blunders by famous writers; the influence of Transcendental Meditation on the career of Doug Henning; a critique of "Klingon" and other artificial languages; and much more.
Book News A collection of Gardner's columns for Skeptical Inquirer magazine and reviews of books that deal with science, philosophy, theology, and the paranormal by such authors as Stephen Jay Gould, Joseph Campbell, and Freeman Dyson. Included are mind-wrenching probability paradoxes; a discussion of the success of Marianne Williamson in promoting A Course in Miracles , claimed to have been channeled by Jesus; and a column on E-Prime, a language that omits all forms of the verb "to be." No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.