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The transcendental temptation : a critique of religion and the paranormal, by Paul Kurtz

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The transcendental temptation : a critique of religion and the paranormal
Title
The transcendental temptation
Title remainder
a critique of religion and the paranormal
Statement of responsibility
by Paul Kurtz
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Language
eng
Summary
A landmark work. Mandatory reading for anyone who wants to learn to be a good skeptic. In this widely acclaimed and highly controversial book, Paul Kurtz examines the reasons why people accept supernatural and paranormal belief systems in spite of substantial evidence to the contrary. According to the author, it is because there is within the human species a deeply rooted tendency toward magical thinking - the "transcendental temptation" - which undermines critical judgment and paves the way for willful beliefs. He explores in detail the three major monotheistic religions - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - finding striking psychological and sociological parallels between these religions, the spiritualism of the 19th century, and the paranormal belief systems of today. There are sections on mysticism, belief in the afterlife, the existence of God, reincarnation, astrology, and ufology. Kurtz also explains the nature of skepticism as an antidote to belief in the transcendental
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DLC
Dewey number
210
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Target audience
adult
Label
The transcendental temptation : a critique of religion and the paranormal, by Paul Kurtz
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier.
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  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
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  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
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  • rdacontent.
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Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
604 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781616148270
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(paperback)
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781616148270
  • 16377236
Label
The transcendental temptation : a critique of religion and the paranormal, by Paul Kurtz
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
604 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781616148270
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781616148270
  • 16377236

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