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.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.