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Paranormale fenomener eksisterer ikke, ifølge professor Richard Wiseman. Det betyr ikke at forskning på for eksempel telepati, spådomskunst og ut av kroppen-opplevelser ikke kan gi oss innsikt! Gjennom å forske på disse fenomenene kan vi lære mye om hvordan hjernen vår fungerer, hvorfor vi oppfører oss som vi gjør, og hvorfor vi tror som vi gjør. I boka lærer du hvordan du ...more
Hardcover, 1st edition, 380 pages
Published 2012 by Humanist Forlag (first published January 1st 2010)
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Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before reading this book I'd seen a fair few reviews of it on Amazon claiming it was an arrogant, biased view of the unexplained. I'm happy to say that such accounts couldn't be further from the truth!

Of course, Richard Wiseman is well-known for his sceptical views amongst those interested in the supernatural, so the sceptical slant of the book shouldn't surprise anyone. However, I found the book's content to be deeply interesting and very well researched and justified. The book also has a refr
Chad Kettner
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Richard Wiseman's book, Paranormality, skillfully unravels the superstitious mind and explains how and why we tend all sorts of weird things. He focuses on fortune telling, out of body experiences, psychic power, talking with the dead, ghost hunting, mind control, and prophecy. Wiseman uses real cases and experiments as well as tests and recorded investigations to explain the claims of supernatural experiences - in a way that doesn't make somebody feel stupid for believing something strange in t ...more

Absolutely fantastic! Undoubtedly a book I will often be quoting in the future. It's a shame it's not required reading in high schools.
Amanda Patterson
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book in February, was interrupted for months, and finished it a short while ago.
If you want to believe in the supernatural and are not prepared to be open minded when offered evidence that clearly shows charlatans for what they are, don't read it.
However, if you want a well-constructed book that cuts through the hype of psychics & clairvoyants, read Richard Wiseman's Paranormaility.
He will show you the simple explanations behind seemingly extraordinary events. He als
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-culture
Also find this review at my blog 'Preludes'

Things are very rarely what they seem.

Whatever your opinions on the paranormal - be it ghosts, portents or spoon-bending - it's clear that there is a lot more at work than the simple telling of fantastical stories. Even if you believe in the supernatural, it's unlikely that you are liable to designate every medium as the genuine article, or every ghost as a genuine echo of a life long passed. The internet and TV are brimming with shows on things that go
Jun 11, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
My June Amazon Prime Free Lending Library selection.
Recommended to me by the president of the National Capital Area Skeptics Society.
Very disappointed. I do not understand the high scores for this book.
I confess I aborted the read about a quarter of the way through.
It started off well, with an entertaining style and some built-in features that could only be put into an eBook, such as links to websites interviews and pictures that move. However,there were odd typographical peculiarities in the bo
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In haste because of my continued epic battle with the Deadline of Doom . . .

This is an excellent book which has unfortunately been published by idiots: I cannot begin to enumerate the straightforward production errors, up to and including the obvious misspelling in the chapter title "Prophesy" (and repeated throughout the chapter). I gather the book appeared in a UK edition a year later from a "proper" publisher, Pan Macmillan, and I do wish I'd had access to that version instead.

Even with all t
Lindsay Stares
Aug 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-on-kindle
Premise: In this delightful volume, professor and skeptic Wiseman walks us through the science behind many seemingly paranormal experiences, and even explains how you can fake the paranormal yourself!

I don't buy many books for my Kindle for more than three dollars, but I happily made an exception for this one. The big US publishers passed on Wiseman's enjoyable work, reportedly “some suggesting that I re-write it to suggest that ghosts were real and psychic powers actually existed!” So Wiseman,
Domenico Conza
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Paranormality: Why we see what isn’t there” by Richard Wiseman is an easy and enjoyable read that cover a range of topics including telekinesis, prophecy, ghosts, fortune-telling or talking to the dead, and out-of-body experiences. I liked that Wiseman wrote this book in a way that it doesn’t ruin your love for the unexplained but instead presents you with evidence, the history, and scientific explanations that even the most inexperienced skeptic could understand and learn why this phenomena’s ...more
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book and a must read for anyone interested in psychic phenomena or human psychology. Its a relatively quick read which looks at various aspects of the paranormal such as fortune telling, ghosts etc. Each area is backed up with video links (via Q codes) & instructions for how to recreate the experience for yourself or to demonstrate them to friends and family. I've long been fascinated by the rubber hand experiment (I had it demonstrated to me years ago) and what it reveals about ...more
Христо Блажев
Паранормалното е навсякъде и никъде около нас:

Рядко, но по книжарниците все пак се появяват книги, които един ден ще бъдат ритуално изгаряни по площадите, когато суеверията и паникьорството бъдат официализирани, а критиката срещу тях – криминализирана като мерзко деяние срещу самите устои на фантазьорството. Помня колко праведно възмущение събуди “Псевдонауката” на Бен Голдейкър, но после пък изключителната “Вярващият мозък” на Майкъл Шърмър сякаш мина по
Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is brilliant! Its explains how some psychic's fool you into believing their 'readings' and explains how the people experience out of body experiences, why you dream about certain things, how people really move objects with their 'mind, explains the reality of communicating with non existent spirits, psychology of suggestion, how people 'mind control', and gives great tips on how to pretend to be psychic too. Although, due to my own experiences that with some people that can't be explai ...more
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Professor Wiseman takes a task of providing rational explanations of phenomena like out of body experiences, clairvoyance or ghosts.

Throughout the book he keeps the tone light hearted, tongue in cheek, while making a strong case against supernatural origins of mentioned phenomena.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a nice, entertaining read with a lot of information and value. Recommended!
Jan 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
3 - nudging a 4
Quick, easy and enjoyable read. Thought I might be grappling with complex theories but not at all ............Professor Wiseman writes clearly and in an easily understandable way.
He does a very convincing debunk on ghosts, psychics, Ouija boards, table turning, out of body experiences etc.
Don't think I'll be watching any more repeats of Most Haunted now I've read this!
Vikas Datta
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marvellous debunking of various supernatural phenomena, with wit and candour, and a paean to the strange, still not fully understood workings of that spectacular, unparalleled machine - the human brain!
M.G. Mason
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are many books on the paranormal, horoscopes, mediums, NDEs, OBEs, haunted houses and other such areas that make us think that there is something going on in the world that science cannot explain. On the other side there are many citing scientific evidence that it is, really, just a load of old rubbish (which most of my readers will know is my view).

Most of us, though fairly rational most of the time, will have some element of the metaphysical to which we cling. It might be religion or bel
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
Paranormality: Why we see what isn't there by Professor Richard Wiseman

"Paranormality" is an interesting book about supernatural science. Professor Wiseman in an entertaining and engaging manner takes us on a fun journey of debunking popular paranormal phenomena. This 342-page book is composed of the following seven chapters: 1. Fortune-telling, 2. Out-of-body experiences, Mind over matter, 4. Talking with the dead, Intermission, 5. Ghost Hunting, 6. Mind control, and 7. Prophesy.

Oct 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I try really hard to remain diplomatic when it comes to my skepticism of both religion and new age mysticism. This is mostly because those who believe are allowed to announce and discuss their belief systems ad nauseam (even when they may themselves be unaware they are even doing it); however, the second an atheist calls bullshit, we are accused of being “militant” and “just as dogmatic as anyone else.”

I will save my thoughts on organized religion for another day. This book in particular actuall
Brittany Harley
Paranormality: Why We See What Isn’t There by Professor Richard Wiseman addresses the world of paranormal occurrences and begins to debunk supernatural myths that have been believed for years. One of the phenomenons that Professor Wiseman addresses is lucid dreaming. While this is one of the things in the paranormal category that scientists and psychologist tend to say falls out of scientific explanation Wiseman instead claims that the first lucid dream was recorded in the 1970s by Keith Herne. ...more
Yudhi Hamzah
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book does not explains why impossible things happens. instead, it explains why people believe the impossible on the first place. from optical illusion to a simply a pure chance, the author explains why we, the smartest and most logical species ever known, sometimes seeing something that isn't there.

if you are the kind of people that believes in ghost and supernatural stuffs, don't worry, there's nothing wrong with your brain. in fact, even the most atheist scientist on earth, once in a whil
Dec 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ahh, love this. I’m really interested in the brain and why people believe things that they do.

He looks at, and takes apart the psychology, of psychics, cold reading, magic, ghosts and ‘psychic powers’.

What’s brilliant isn’t that these things aren’t true, it how the human brain makes stuff true, by selective memory and how despite the human brain being fantastic, evolutionarily speaking, it’s still remarkably easy to fool.

I like to think of myself as being difficult to fool, but I suspect, given
Ryan Manns
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
Got this for a birthday gift from a friend. Excellent read. Would recommend it to anyone. It's shocking to see just how gullible the human mind really is despite it's amazing ability to be reason on such a high level.
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2011
Completely debunks all paranormal 'activity' and very funny with it
3.5 stars. Pop psychology at its most palatable. See my full review:
Atila Iamarino
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Curti muito. Bem explicado, cheio de exemplos, demonstrações e escrito com muito bom humor. Pacote completo.
Svetos Laugh
nothing to learn here; time waster
Прекрасна книга, която разобличава лековерието с оръжията на науката. В нея ще прочетете за изключително интересни психологически експерименти и ще получите достоверни и любопитни обяснения за голяма част от свръхествените явления, в чието съществуване дори във века на високите технологии милиони хора са твърдо убедени. Това е гарнирано с идеи за фокуси и мистификации, както и с много свежо чувство за хумор от страна на автора. Четенето ми достави изключително удоволствие. Накрая искам да перифр ...more
Gaurav Chhaparwal
I've never believed in the paranormal or the supernatural but have never understood what causes so many people to believe in them either. For my fellow Indians, the only commonality I saw when we wanted to reach out to the other side of life was distress, helplessness caused by circumstances beyond control.

This book however explains the real psychology, and some trickery, behind all that's paranormal. Dreams, ghosts, magic, spirits - how these are nothing but the side effects of the complex bra
Annabel Nguyen
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eye-opening book! Some is already globally known as secret of Ouija, some is really new to me like Out of Body Experience. Talking about scientific issues, it is quite a surprise that the book is written in such an entertaining way. Guarantee that you won't be able to put it down.

Note: Try not to read it too fast in short time. Otherwise, it will give you a nightmare (I read 3 chapters in last Saturday and had really bad dream of ghosts later).
Peter Mcloughlin
This is not a book about the paranormal so much as the psychology and quirks of the mind that cause many to believe in the paranormal and a bit of exposure of the charlatans who fool people into believing the paranormal usually for money. Skeptics will find some cool tricks used by people conning the sheep I don't think the sheep will pick up this book. Pity.
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