Member of the British Humanist Association Philosophers Group and Provost of the Centre for Inquiry UK Dr Stephen Law has published a new book today. The International Centre for Inquiry is the organisation founded by Paul Kurtz, one of the authors of the Humanist Manifesto, but the UK Chapter has now been incorporated in to the BHA.  The book, with the provocative title “Believing Bullshit: How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole” is set to follow in the tradition of other Humanist thinkers from Carl Sagan’s “Demon Haunted World” to Ben Goldacre’s “Bad Science” or Michael Shermer’s “Why People Believe Weird Things“. Stephen’s previous books include the excellent “Philosophy Gym” and “The War for Children’s Minds“, an invaluable tool in the defence of free thought in education. Stephen’s last book was a pocket sized introduction to Humanism. This is the cover blurb from the new book:

Wacky belief systems abound. Members of the Heavens Gate suicide cult believed they were taking a ride to heaven on board a UFO. Muslim suicide bombers expect to be greeted after death by 72 virgins. And many fundamentalist Christians insist the entire universe is just 6,000 years old. Of course its not only cults and religions that promote bizarre beliefs significant numbers of people believe that aliens built the pyramids. How do such preposterous views succeed in entrenching themselves in the minds of sane, intelligent, educated people and turn them into the willing slaves of claptrap? Believing Bullshit is a witty and insightful critique that will help immunize readers against the wiles of cultists, religious and political zealots, conspiracy theorists, and various other nutcases by clearly setting out the tricks of the trade by which such insidious belief systems are created and sustained.