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Sleeping With Extra-Terrestrials: The Rise of Irrationalism and Perils of Piety
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from Pantheon Books (October 1, 1999)
9780679442431 | details & prices | 278 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 1.00 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $24.00
About: Examines the dramatic growth of the irrational and supernaturalism in modern society, criticizing the fascination with paranormal and supernatural phenomena, exploring its roots, and detailing the irrationalism of the new digital culture
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from Vintage Books (October 10, 2000)
9780679758860 | details & prices | 288 pages | 5.00 × 7.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $15.00
About: The author of I'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional examines the dramatic growth of the irrational and supernaturalism in modern society, criticizing the fascination with paranormal and supernatural phenomena, exploring its roots, and detailing the irrationalism of the new digital culture.
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Publisher Pantheon Books
Publication date October 1, 1999
Pages 278
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780679442431
ISBN-10 067944243X
Dimensions 1 by 5.75 by 8.75 in.
Weight 1 lbs.
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Original list price $24.00
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The author of I'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional examines the dramatic grown of the irrational and supernaturalism in modern society, criticizing the fascination with paranormal and supernatural phenomena, exploring its roots, and detailing the irrationalism of the new digital culture. 25,000 first printing. (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description: In Sleeping with Extra-Terrestrials, Wendy Kaminer argues that we are a society intoxicated by the irrational: religion, spirituality, and popular therapies threaten to replace rational thought with supernaturalism and impassioned but unexamined personal testimony. Ranging from our fascination with angels, aliens, and near- death experiences to the rise of junk science, the recovery movement, and the digital culture, Kaminer points out the amusing and ominous effects of our deference to spiritual authorities and resistance to critical thinking. She questions conventional wisdom about the association of religious belief with virtue, identifying the sectarianism of efforts to establish religion in the public square. With both wit and empathy, Kaminer takes on what many people hold sacred.
        
Kaminer is an eloquent and incisive critic and rationalist living in a superstitious, evangelical age. In Sleeping with Extra-Terrestrials she challenges us to exercise skepticism, reason, and irreverence and to appreciate the pleasures of free inquiry.

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