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Pseudoscience and the Paranormal
Television, the movies, and computer games fill the minds of their viewers with a daily staple of fantasy, from tales of UFO landings, haunted houses, and communication with the dead to claims of miraculous cures by gifted healers or breakthrough treatments by means of fringe medicine. The paranormal is so ubiquitous in one form of entertainment or another that many people ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 425 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Prometheus Books
(first published February 1st 1988)
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I can't even begin to describe how disappointing this book was. I expected something that was balanced and while I didn't expect it to uphold the paranormal, I did expect the author to admit that they did not know everything. That is the opposite of what I got in this book though. From the way that the author wrote this book it was obvious that the author not only thought that they knew everything, but that anyone who didn't agree with them 110% was stupid. The author not only didn't bother to k ...more
An excellent introduction to pseudoscience and the paranormal from a scientific perspective. While it might be a bit dry in places, the chapters are small and easily digestible. The author cites his sources throughout and in many sections there are recommendations for further reading if the subject interests you. There were one or two things that seemed a bit dated but overall the book is still highly relevant. This will remain on my shelf alongside Flim-Flam! and The Demon-Haunted World: Scienc ...more
This is a superb reference for those just getting acquainted with the topic of debunking pseudoscience and quackery. The scope of Hines' book covers a very wide range of subjects, but doesn't go into very much detail for any of them. This makes it easy to read individual sections in one sitting, and serves as a springboard for further investigation into topics of interest using the extensive bibliography. I recommend the reader also refer to James Randi's Flim-Flam! which expounds on some of the ...more