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  1. The Ghost in the Machine
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1975
    An analysis of the relationship between reason and imagination.
  2. Harter's Precept: Review of The Social Misconstruction of Reality: Validity and Verification in the Scholarly Community
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1997
    Hamilton gives three major examples of erroneous theses that gained the status of fact in social science despite the absence of evidentiary support: (1) Max Weber's thesis that the Protestant Ethic spurred the advance of capitalism; (2) the widely accepted thesis that Hitler's main electoral support came from the lower middle classes (the despised petit bourgeoisie of Marxism); and (3) Michel Foucault's thesis that the modern prison evolved not as a more humane alternative to the cruel physical punishments of earlier centuries, but as part of a wide-ranging scheme by sinister forces to enforce a pervasive social conformity.
  3. On Rumours
    How Falsehoods Spread, Why We Believe Them, What Can Be Done

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2009
    Describes the social and pyschological forces that make the spread of misinformation inevitable. Its argument runs like this: whether or not we choose to believe something, and whether we feel inclined to pass it on, depends largely on what we already believe.
  4. Stephen Schettini, Quiet Mind Seminars
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    Resource Type: Organization
  5. Talking to the Enemy
    Faith, Brotherhood and the (Un)making of Terrorists

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2011
    An anthropologiest explores the social ties and values of terrorists, studying militancy from a social science point of view. He uncovers that terrorists become radicalized through their social networks, the author dubs these group dynamics "organized anarchy".

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