Sleeping With Extra-Terrestrials: The Rise of Irrationalism and Perils of Piety

by : Wendy Kaminer (Pantheon)

As someone who thinks that the greatest threat we face is the abandonment of critical thinking, I can't recommend this book highly enough. Written in the same vein as Tainted Truth, Cynthia Crossen's towering paean to irrationalism in the media, and similar works, Sleeping with Extra-Terrestrials is a courageous indictment of all manner of muddleheaded and downright fraudulent conviction that robs us of our ability to separate fact from harmful fiction. The reason I use the term "courageous" is that Ms. Kaminer tackles religion head-on, something most other commentators on rationalism have been reluctant to do. Unabashedly atheistic, she calmly dissects traditional religious beliefs and demonstrates the many fallacies underlying their foundation. Interestingly, even while this book will undoubtedly evoke bitter denunciations from the faithful, believers will find much food for thought here, because the authors arguments are useful in separating what's truly important in religious belief from the superfluous trappings that have obscured it.