Outside the Gates of Science: Why It's Time for the Paranormal to Come in from the Cold
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Outside the Gates of Science: Why It's Time for the Paranormal to Come in from the Cold

2.38 of 5 stars 2.38  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  5 reviews
The paranormal--phenomena "beyond the normal," manifested by apparent experiences of telepathy, remote viewing, psycho kinesis, and precognition, or the prediction of future events--has been comfortably dismissed as fiction by many reasonable folk. But as 21st-century science explores the world of quantum mechanics--where one particle can be in many places at the same time...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 31st 2007 by Running Press (first published May 30th 2007)
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Bill Lalonde
One of the reasons that I picked up this book is that a reviewer, a scientist, supposedly, claimed that Broderick laid out all of the evidence for the reality of psi, making a compelling case. Sadly, said reviewer lied. Actual presentation of evidence is minimal in this book, replaced by admittedly amusing anecdotes about the battles, historical and current, between skeptics and believers. The book in a nutshell:

Evidence for psi borders between slim and nonexistent.
Any apparently strong evidence...more
This book is excellent for skeptics and disbelievers who'd prefer to hear what someone thorough - who doesn't *want* to believe in anomalous cognition - really thinks is happening. Broderick is thorough (357 pages so) and calculating in his assessments of research and demonstrations of psi. Too thorough for my tastes, but then I'm reputed to be an impatient who has a hard time sitting through reviews of laboratory studies about psi. I love stories of people's exploits recounting what they actual...more
Buffy B
Aug 17, 2008 Buffy B rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: "paranormal" (haha) enthusiasts/critics
Recommended to Buffy by: Paul R
This book is a really good look at parapsychology and how it fits into the modern world socially and physically.
While you can tell that the author's intention is to make you "believe", he doesn't shove his view or put a bias on the information he presents. Occasionally, when he can't help himself, he'll put his view, but in parenthesis. It was really interesting to know all of the studies and research that has been done with remote viewing and other aspects of parapsychology.

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It's been a little difficult for me to plow through this book. I have to be in an engaging frame of mind and willing to work through the more complex chapters. There's lots of scientific/ theoretical talk which isn't my usually vein, but the topic interests me.
Susan Burris
Too much of the droning, soap-box diatribes and not enough information. Virtually unreadable.
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