Why People Believe Weird Things

I started reading Michael Shermer’s book, Why People Believe Weird Things [Amazon | Barnes & Noble] on the train into work this morning. The book itself is a trade paperback with a green cover. I was surprised at home many unusually cold stares I received while reading this morning. It seemed any time someone glanced at the cover of the book, they were mortally offended. (Okay, I was also wearing my Yankees jacket so it could have been that too, I suppose.)

It reminded me of an episode of House, where Gregory House is sitting in an airport and in order to pace the time, he is reading one of those cheesey anonymous sex novels, but he is doing so in such a way as to make no effort to hide what he is reading, and in fact, encourage people to see what he is doing.