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Pseudoscience and the Paranormal

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  9 reviews
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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Jan 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
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
Matthew Bellamy
Sep 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
One of the ultimate "stop having fun guys" books ever. Everyone should be forced to read it until the world understands statistical analysis.
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a must-read for everyone. Fave sections: astrology, homeopathy, and psychoanalysis/jungian pseudo-psychology/humanistic pseudo-psychology.
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is THE book that yanked me out of my woo-woo haze and into the wonders of reality. I initially picked it up from the library believing it to be true believer pron but I was blind-sided by reason. I've never been the same, in a good way!
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Leonard Pierce
Jul 07, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: science
Hines' book is a very effective and comprehensive overview of pseudoscience, but compared to some of the other giants of the skeptical field (Park, Randi, Gardner, and the like), it's a bit dry.
Sep 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. Encyclopedia of irrational beliefs. Well written and well explained.
Karthi Mohan
Jun 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
Throughout the whole book the author basically argues against all forms of paranormal phenomena, in the usual materialist fashion.
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