Heretics: Adventures With The Enemies Of Science

Heretics Adventures With The Enemies Of Science For lovers of Jon Ronson Ben Goldacre Richard Wiseman and Louis Theroux a new book that explores why today s heretics just don t believe the facts Will Storr was in the tropical north of Australia

  • Title: Heretics: Adventures With The Enemies Of Science
  • Author: Will Storr
  • ISBN: 9781447208976
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Paperback
  • For lovers of Jon Ronson, Ben Goldacre, Richard Wiseman and Louis Theroux, a new book that explores why today s heretics just don t believe the facts.Will Storr was in the tropical north of Australia, excavating fossils with a celebrity creationist, when he asked himself a simple question Why don t facts work Why, that is, did the obviously intelligent man beside him sinFor lovers of Jon Ronson, Ben Goldacre, Richard Wiseman and Louis Theroux, a new book that explores why today s heretics just don t believe the facts.Will Storr was in the tropical north of Australia, excavating fossils with a celebrity creationist, when he asked himself a simple question Why don t facts work Why, that is, did the obviously intelligent man beside him sincerely believe in Adam and Eve, the Garden of Eden and a six thousand year old Earth, in spite of the evidence against them 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 He goes on a tour of Holocaust sites with David Irving and a band of neo Nazis, experiences his own murder during past life regression hypnosis, discusses the looming One World Government with iconic climate sceptic Lord Monckton 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.

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    1. Will Storr

      Will Storr is a long form journalist, novelist and reportage photographer His features have appeared in The Guardian Weekend, The Telegraph Magazine, The Times Magazine, The Observer Magazine, The Sunday Times Style and GQ, and he is a contributing editor at Esquire He has reported from the refugee camps of Africa, the war torn departments of rural Colombia and the remote Aboriginal communities of Australia, and has been named New Journalist of the Year, Feature Writer of the Year and has won a National Press Club award for excellence His critically acclaimed first book, Will Storr versus The Supernatural is published by Random House in the UK The Hunger and the Howling of Killian Lone is his first novel.

    455 thoughts on “Heretics: Adventures With The Enemies Of Science”

    1. This is a fascinating work of investigative journalism. The author, Will Storr, examines a range of beliefs that are antithetical to science, history, and even common sense. He interviews people who have these strange beliefs, and digs in deep. He tries to understand why people have these beliefs, their motivations, their way of thinking. Storr sometimes mentions the contradictions between these crazy ideas and reality--and listens carefully as these people rationalize their beliefs.Storr interv [...]


    2. Not a "debunker" book as I originally expected. Storr not only meets with intelligent people who believe in non-scientific ideas (Holocaust deniers, young-earthers, past life explorers, etc.), he investigates recent studies in psychology and neuroscience to learn why people will ignore overwhelming evidence to the contrary to passionately pursue such outsider lifestyles. His discoveries point out, not so much how different they are, but how alike we all are in the way we construct our versions o [...]


    3. In my mind Will Storr is the brilliant love-child of Mary Roach and Louis Theroux, both of whom I adore. I think Will may have to join their lofty heights in my respectability/adoration mind shrine. Will's "Will Storr vs the Supernatural" was a wonderful and random find that I made several years ago. Will took it upon himself, Louis Theroux style, to get immersed in the lore and activity of the supernatural. What was different about the other supernatural books is that Will approached it from a [...]


    4. Premise 1:We don't hold an opinion unless we think it is right. So by definition we think all our opinions are right we may be polite around others about it but we wouldn't hold an opinion that we thought was wrong. Premise 2: No two people agree on every single opinion on every matter. At most one person in the world has a completely right set of opinions. Conclusion. It is very likely we are wrong about some of our opinions.This book is about science denial and how people come to reject the sc [...]


    5. A book about cognitive biases leading people astray wherein the author is led astray by his own cognitive biases. To back up, the author of this book spends his time interviewing various eccentric characters, including famous creationists who think the world is literally 6,000 years old, swammis who believe deep meditation can cure any ailment (well, except for AIDS), Hitler enthusiasts who think that the Holocaust was made up (or at least grossly exaggerated), climate change deniers and famous [...]


    6. Not the most festive of books but bloody gripping all the same, this is Storr’s attempts to understand why people believe the things they do, even if the world tells them they’re wrong. Storr meets religious leaders, hardcore sceptics and bunch of quirky characters inbetween and even delves into the neuroscience. (Realising how untrustworthy your own beliefs are is a little unnerving.) It’s the sort of book you’ll feel the need to share fascinating facts from at regular intervals. — Ra [...]


    7. The Unpersuadables is sold as an exploration into groups of people who hold wacky beliefs, such as young-earth creationists, holocaust deniers, UFO enthusiasts, people convinced they are infected with parasites that excrete fibers through their skin, and those who believe homeopathy or meditation can cure cancer and diabetes. These exposes are as fascinating as you would expect, and Storr does an excellent job of conveying the real vigor with which the supporters of these ideas defend them, how [...]


    8. This was an interesting read but I feel like Mr Storr might have bitten off a bit more than he can chew. Ostensibly a book about 'why people believe things which are clearly crazy', this tome bounces from false memories, to confirmation bias, to psychosomatic illnesses, to holocaust deniers, to hearing voices, to homeopathy. he seems to be trying to answer the question 'how do people formulate ideas' and that, in my opinion, is just too broad for any single person to answer. Storr is brilliant a [...]


    9. Storr promises to document and explain why some people cling to beliefs that are completely at odds with reality. Instead, he delivers a stream of half-digested doubt that humans are capable of rational behavior at all.To his credit, Storr sources credible authorities on the mechanisms that stand between us and a clear-headed view of the world. Biases and acculturation are the major drivers of human behavior, we are told repeatedly. He despairs of any of us being able to examine our own thought [...]


    10. This is, as the saying goes, a wholly remarkable book. Anyone who read Storr's earlier Will Storr Vs. The Supernatural knows about Storr's gifts as a journalist: his honesty and his ability to reach into the stranger reaches of belief without condescension or snark. This could have been a book that just went from one outpost of the fringe to the next, with an occasional aside about the anti-vaxxer and creationist crowd. And that would have been an entertaining and useful read. But Storr goes far [...]


    11. This was a fascinating read, primarily, from my vantage point, because the author's interviews were with people I have never really listened to. When someone tells me they are a creationist, I dismiss them or avoid going further, and thus never hear what they really think and why. I appreciated his effort to understand them and why people believe what they do, even in the face of reason or science. And it was probably important for me to hear that the skeptics (read Randi as an example) are badl [...]


    12. It was not until the chapter during which Storr describes attending the exact same Austin, Texas conference of Morgellons sufferers that Leslie Jamison describes in a chapter of The Empathy Exams - and quotes the same/similar overheard conversations - that I grasped what this book was actually achieving: The Unpersuadables is a series of empathy exams absent the high-minded literary experiments or the self-regard Jamison required to explore the capacity. And Storr passes every exam. He doesn't r [...]


    13. Not quite what I was expecting but enjoyable none the less. I initially gave it a three star review but had to give it a grudging fourth star because while I feel he comes a bit close to, as the aphorism quoted in the book goes to "having so open a mind that it falls out", his concerns about the absolute certainty of the Skeptics and Materialist Fundamentalists (Dawkins et al) resonated with me. In a phone conversation with the author, Professor David Eagleman encapsulates how I feel; after firs [...]


    14. While I have a rather more optimistic view of the human situation than the one at which Will Storr arrives in this book, I think he sets a very good example through his approach to investigating deviant belief systems. He has also written a supremely entertaining book, at times very funny and at other times disturbing. He has a fine sense of ironic detail when relating his encounters with the heretics and also those who might be viewed as orthodox, but who are capable of their own absurdities.If [...]


    15. A thoroughly engrossing selection of essays recounting Storr's encounters with science rejectionists and others of similar worldview, from climate-change denier and compulsive self-aggrandizer Christopher Monckton to creationist John Mackay to revisionist historian David Irving to the guru and faith healer Swami Ramdev to . . . . well, to Rupert Sheldrake, who exemplifies one of the problems I have with this book, which is that a few of the interview subjects can't really be described as "enemi [...]



    16. Creationists, past life regressionists, climate science deniers, holocaust deniers, alien abductees, anti-vaxxers; the list of bizarre beliefs that contradict science, facts, and reason seems to be growing. There are many books debunking these things but Will Storr has a unique approach to the subject. He wants to get to know the people who have weird beliefs and try to understand why they have them. He approaches the subject with journalistic objectivity rather than skepticism. No matter how cr [...]


    17. I learned of this book on Yahoo. It took me a while to track it down because it's not for sale in the US. I had to buy it from UK - a much easier proposition than I expected it to be.I'm home sick with a cold. I got the book just as I realized that I was coming down sick. Somehow it seemed an appropriate read.I don't know what I was expecting but it wasn't quite it. It's a blend of memoir and journalism. It' a journalist's journey to finding the answer to "who is telling the truth" which someho [...]


    18. I was really excited about the premise of the book, but I guess I shouldn't have let my excitement persuade me that this book would be more than what the synopsis says it is. This book is really just a collection of stories about 'heretics' (people who believe 'fringe' or non-traditional world-views), with very little in the form of cohesion or analysis. Although Storr goes to great lengths to point out that he is potentially no more 'right' about the world than they are, he continually uses lan [...]


    19. Ever wonder why people stick to beliefs when you just know they can't possible be true?Well, Will Storr does, and he tackles creationists to paranormalists to holocaust deniers in the hopes of understanding what makes these people grasp quite firmly certain beliefs while ignoring others. Mr. Storr does a good job of playing devil's advocate and exposing the holes in arguments. His goal is not logical smackdown, it's to uncover the "why" these people feel the way they do.Sure, ignorance is in the [...]


    20. I really liked this book. It made a very good argument against ever believing we've reached a final answer and warns against falling into the trap of considering ourselves truly free of bias and skeptical. It's a book I should probably read every few years to bring me back down to Earth.


    21. I almost chalked this one up as one I didn't expect to like, because I've gotten a little exhausted with some of the rhetoric around anti-science thinking. Yes, I believe we need to have empathy for those who do think like us. But right now, when anti-science thinking is doing so much immediate harm, it's frustrating to hear narratives about why. It also looked a little too cutsie on the outset, like he went off 'slumming' with the crazies, and there was a bit of that. But by the middle, I did f [...]


    22. I absolutely couldn't rate the books of Will Storr more highly. He combines the skill of a great narrative non fiction writer with the conscientious discipline of a scientist. This book which explores what we believe, why we all believe that we are right in our beliefs and how rare it is to find someone who is able to be genuinely openminded ticks all the boxes of a genuinely enthralling and challenging read for me. Intellectually stimulating, page turning - and, on top of all that - it's funny [...]


    23. I am at a bit of a loss as to how to evaluate this book. As a journalist Storr writes very clearly and entertainingly. His stories dealing with his various encounters with a number of modern alternative theorists (for want of a better phrase, and to avoid the accusation of prejudice regarding their beliefs) appear to be quite objective as far as it goes: the people involved are permitted to be free to talk about their beliefs, so the reader gets a rather concise summary of those beliefs. So we r [...]


    24. Stop me if you've heard this one before: a modern journalist walks into a Creationist seminar in Australia, notebook in hand, ready to observe and ridicule. Nothing he sees there convinces him. But something stops the joke before the punchline. He can't follow the script because his own eyes tell him that there is a log in his own eye. It's not that the creationists are right. It's that they aren't stupid and that they are sincere. They are wrong, but the journalist isn't equipped to really enga [...]


    25. A thoughtful exploration of why people know what they believe is true, even in the face of what should be contradictory evidence. This is deep water for a journalist, but shallow wading for anyone with a grounding in a philosophy of ontology. Where Storr is at his best is when he steps outside of his own certainties and digs at the roots of his own knowledge. Oddly he is at his worst when he is doing his day job, and interviewing. This interview problem seems to be rooted in his inability to sym [...]


    26. Having read and thoroughly enjoyed the account of Storr's previous journey into the muddy waters of human belief, 'Will Storr vs the Supernatural', I was quite eager to read his latest instalment. This time his focus is on science or, probably more accurately, anti-science! He examines an assorted array of what might commonly be regarded as `whacky' beliefs and their equally `whacky' believers who often go to what might reasonably be regarded as pathological lengths to justify their willful avoi [...]


    27. A clear and open piece of episodic reportage trying to understand why some people believe unlikely things. From creationism, via UFO's and yogic healing, via some slightly more distasteful realms of Holocaust Denial and false memory satanic abuse. Storr is on nobodies side, though takes a general dislike to the skeptic movement without being generous to the appalling likes of David Irving. The thread of the book about narrative construction of the self is what he wants as a take away from the bo [...]


    28. A really engrossing read. It started as a very Louis Theroux/Jon Ronson style book, the author spends time with groups of people whose beliefs don't run with the mainstream, but Will Storr distinguishes himself by how personal his writing is. He is not an impartial journalist reporting the facts, he is a man whose own believes, background and life experiences impact on how he takes in what he encounters, which is essentially what The Heretics is about. After 4 chapters spent in the company of he [...]


    29. I think this is a really great investigative book. The end doesn't gives you answers but it gives you a lot to think about. And, if by the end, you question the rigidity of your own beliefs, then the purpose of this book has been achieved. The author speaks to various people who hold strong beliefs that may go against rationality, against popular understanding, against evidence. Through speaking with them, he talks of the various brain processes that make it possible for us to keep holding these [...]


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