The Heretics

Adventures with the Enemies of Science

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Picador

Publication date: 02.01.2014
ISBN: 9780330535861
Number of pages: 464

Synopsis

Why do obviously intelligent people believe things in spite of the evidence against them?

Will Storr has travelled across the world to meet an extraordinary cast of modern heretics in order to answer this question. 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, takes part in a mass homeopathic overdose, and investigates a new disease affecting tens of thousands of people - a disease that doesn't actually exist.

Using a unique mix of personal memoir, investigative journalism and the latest research from neuroscience and experimental psychology, Storr reveals why the facts just won't convince some people, and how the neurological 'hero-maker' inside all of us can so easily lead to self-deception and science-denial. The Heretics will change the way you think about thinking.

In the media

Impressive . . . brilliant . . . Storr makes you think about the people on both sides of the debate . . . Very astute.
Evening Standard
Impressive
The Scotsman