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Skeptical Salon: The Great Derangement

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What is it about crises that cause people to seek comfort in the delusional, the fringe, the outright ridiculous? How is it that so many people can blind themselves to the facts at hand for what is obviously known to be false?

In 2007-08, Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi journeyed throughout America to find the fringe elements and try to explain in his acerbic way what causes people to dismiss reality in favor of something way more ludicrous. From the 9/11 Truthers to the Christian Right, Taibbi gives us a look into the minds and methods of the delusional and helps us in his hilarious way to understand how the illusion can be more appealing than reality.

For a description of the book, please check out Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Great-Derangement-Terrifying-Politics-Religion/dp/038552062X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380478102&sr=1-1&keywords=the+great+derangement