Critical Thinking

The Science of Good and Evil by Michael Shermer

What is good and evil in a scientific sense? Discussions about these concepts usually fall under one of two headings: the moral absolutism of belief (often in connection with religion), or the murky waters and slippery slope of moral relativism. Shermer applies his powers of skepticism to the immense challenge of trying to understand good and evil from a scientific fashion, and how we can apply that understanding to our own lives. Perhaps most dramatically, he reveals that every human being has the potential for both good and evil within them, depending on the circumstances they find themselves in. The black and white morality shown to us by Hollywood - good guys are always unflaggingly virtuous, bad guys are always unchangable evil, even against their own best interest - is a false, if comforting, view of reality.
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Critical Thinking Why People Believe Weird Things Michael Shermer
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This is an almost cover-to-cover skeptical debunking of common myths.