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In the 1st part of "Sense & Nonsense" the author takes the discussion further afield than "Uses & Abuses", dealing with matters such as hypnosis, lie detectors & truth drugs, the interpretation of dreams, even telepathy & clairvoyance. As always, his purpose is to sort out the wheat from the chaff. There's considerable discussion of the reliability of human ...more
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Published 1966 by Penguin Books (first published 1956)
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Sometimes books comes to us by accident and, having not been chosen, tend to leave us again unread. For a long time I toyed with sending this on its way, but something made me start reading one evening...and I'm glad I did.

The author sets about discussing areas of psychology that have become confused with popular myths and urban tales. He doesn't dismiss these out of hand, but explains how they have come about and what the science behind them actually tell us. The first half of the book deals wi
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Mar 04, 2011 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: persons interested in parapsychology
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: psychology
Before deciding to write a thesis on Kant's influence on Jung, I toyed with the notion of doing one on the philosophical and conceptual problems obtaining with the distinction between extra- and introversion. This got serious enough that I purchased Eysenck's three volumes of studies on the matter and started reading it.

After turning in the Kant/Jung bit and graduating, I moved back to Chicago and found Sense and Nonsense in Psychology at a bookstore. Since Eysenck was mainstream, and anti-psych
Very objective and almost tiring if it weren't for wonderful pieces of interesting information riddled through the pages of this book. Sets some things straight when it comes to psychology and misconceptions around it.
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= Hans J. Eysenck = H.J. Eysenck
Hans Jürgen Eysenck (/ˈaɪzɛŋk/; 4 March 1916 – 4 September 1997) was a psychologist born in Germany, who spent his professional career in Great Britain. He is best remembered for his work on intelligence and personality, though he worked in a wide range of areas. At the time of his death, Eysenck was the living psychologist most frequently cited in science journals
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