Monday, August 06, 2007

Trust everyone, but always cut the cards

Say Cheek
Richard Wiseman

What does your date of birth say about you? How to detect a fake smile? When do you begin believing in superstitions?

To find answers to these and more questions Richard Wiseman delves into scientific experiments that are usually ‘hidden away in obscure academic journals’ and presents ‘Quirkology’ (, a book on ‘the curious science of everyday lives’.

Do you know, for instance, that ‘a small number of highly dedicated scientists’ is studying subjects ranging from mass murderers to taxpayers, from footballers to children, in an effort to untangle the relationship between people’s lives and their date of birth?

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