As the wonderful stalwart of skepticism Michael Shermer put it in his 1997 book, Why People Believe Weird Things
: "The goal is to know the universe, the world, and ourselves ...
As Michael Shermer points out in Why People Believe Weird Things
(1997), we fall into logical fallacies and superstitious beliefs with amazing ease.
At this point in his account of Wallace's life, Shermer, the author of Why People Believe Weird Things
(1997), embarks on a rather different book.
Why People Believe Weird Things
: Pseudo-Science, Superstition, and Bogus Notions of Our Time.
He offers as the chief reason for why people believe weird things
the truism that "hope springs eternal." To support this, he spends a chapter on the outre speculations of physicist Frank Tipler of Tulane University, who uses sophisticated physics to argue that in the distant future a supercomputer could essentially resurrect the dead - a hopeful thought, to say the least.