Why? Why is reading Cremo to learn about science like reading Jack Chick to learn about Roman Catholicism? I haven't read his book, but those who have, have said it isn't a bunch of anti-scientific Hare Krishna nonsense. And if you haven't read it, you shouldn't assume thats what it is.
Um, first of all, I don't assume that's what it is. You're guilty of a lot of intellectual sins here, starting from the fact that you haven't read the book either, but somehow your invocation of people who have read the book is better than my invocation of people who have read the book.
The truth is, mine is better. This Cremo person is not educated in the field, and anyway, the reviewers I've cited point out fundamental mistakes that he makes-- mistakes that I recognize as being mistakes because I myself know what's wrong with what he does
. If you
don't recognize them as mistakes, then you aren't educated enough to hold an opinion, and you ought to defer to those of us who understand why they are mistakes. I say this not to ridicule your education, because education is something that can be fixed. But I'm sorry: your authority in this dispute is inferior to mine, because I understand the problems, and you're reduced to a lot of arrogant special pleading about how you can heed a Hare Krishnan man-in-the-street, but you don't have to heed anyone who understands scientific discourse well enough to see that this Cremo person's writings stand outside of it.
Also, as to your assertion that I need to read the actual book: I don't have any such obligation. I have neither the money or the time to read every good
book in the world, much less all the tripe. The reviews give a sufficiently good picture of the book for me to recognize it as tripe, and my time and money are too valuable-- which is to say, have any value at all-- to bother any further with it. The only reason I'm bothering this much is out of the apparently misguided hope that I can shake you out of your (to my mind) pseudo-intellectual complacency. You should be contemplating how you came to ally yourself with a junk book written by an adherent of a junk religion (and in its apparent defense) which you yourself utterly reject!