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Adventures in Paranormal Investigation

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Tales of alien abductions, miraculous relics, and haunted castles have attracted believers and skeptics across the globe for centuries. Paranormal investigator Joe Nickell tackles the world's most seemingly inexplicable myths in Adventures in Paranormal Investigation.

With four decades of experience in the field, Nickell employs skepticism and scientific analysis to pull tr
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published November 9th 2007 by University Press of Kentucky (first published October 31st 2007)
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Nickell, a senior research fellow at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (Real-Life X-Files), relates short anecdotes about 40 years spent searching for the truth behind stories of psychic abilities, alien encounters, faith healing and other paranormal phenomena. As a former stage magician, private investigator and folklorist, Nickell has the right skills to separate truth from confabulation. Blurry photographs of ghosts said to haunt a historic Louisiana plantation or the
Krista Bolan
Nov 06, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: paranormal skeptics
Shelves: paranormal
This book takes a skeptical view of a variety of unexplained phenomena. The author tries to prove that all of these occurrences, like crop circles, moving statues, haunted houses, alien encounters - can all be explained in perfectly logical ways. In some cases, like the chapter on the day of the dead, it's more about clearing up misunderstandings of what's really going on than proving something is a hoax. And sometimes, like in the case of the alien autopsy video, Nickell basically summarizes ca ...more
Feb 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Short explanations of various phenomena he has researched. All them turned out to not be true (shocker!), but he makes a big deal about he he is not a debunker of things like ghosts and UFO sightings, even though that is what he does. He seems like a very odd individual, quirky--he sometimes complained about being asked to investigate some reports, which is weird because that's his job. Overall, meh.
May 13, 2008 rated it it was ok
A fun and interesting book on the skeptical research of the paranormal, but I could have done with a lot more detail on the actual case studies. I was disappointed by how short each section was.
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A collection of short magazine articles; not enough in-depth information for me to finish reading it.
May 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Joe Nickell doesn't believe in ghosts. I do.
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Joe Nickell, Ph.D. (University of Kentucky, 1987), is Senior Research Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) - an international scientific organization - and investigative columnist for Skeptical Inquirer magazine.

A former professional stage magician (he was Resident Magician at the Houdini Magical Hall of Fame for three years) and private investigator for a world-famous detective age