Monday, December 26, 2011

Pseudoscience and the Paranormal: A Critical Examination of the Evidence, 2nd Edition by Terence Hines





Popular culture fills the mind with a steady diet of fantasy, from tales of UFO landings and alien abductions, haunted houses, and communication with the dead to claims of miraculous cures by spiritual healers and breakthrough treatments in 'alternative' medicine.

The paranormal - and the pseudoscience that attempts to validate it - is so ubiquitous that many people lose sight of the distinction between the real and the imaginary, and some never learn to make the distinction in the first place. In this updated and expanded edition of "Pseudoscience and the Paranormal", the most comprehensive and up-to-date work of its kind, psychologist and neuroscientist Terence Hines explores the question of evidence for the paranormal and delves beyond it to one that is even more puzzling: Why do people continue to believe in the reality of the supernatural despite overwhelming evidence that it does not exist? Devoting separate chapters to psychics, life after death, parapsychology, astrology, UFOs, faith healing, alternative medicine, and many other topics, Hines examines the empirical evidence supporting these popular paranormal and pseudoscientific claims.

New to this edition are extended sections on psychoanalysis and pseudopsychologies, especially recovered memory therapy, satanic ritual abuse, and facilitated communication. Also included are new chapters on 'alternative' medicine and environmental pseudoscience. Critiquing the whole range of current paranormal claims, this carefully researched, thorough review of pseudoscience and the paranormal in contemporary life shows readers how to carefully evaluate such claims in terms of scientific evidence. This scholarly yet readable volume is an invaluable reference work for students and general readers alike.

















 




 

2 comments:

  1. What REALLY is "pseudo-sccience" and what is not ? "mainstream" scientists themselves cannot be trusted : http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/195825/20110810/scientific-study-error-scientific-study-fraud-scientific-study-retraction-scientific-study-mistakes.htm

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  2. Why should we believe that all big important internationally respected organizations (with recognised scientists ) are always correct and honest ? For example, would the United Nations (UN) and its respected scientists ever lie to the world ? Consider the controversy in which the UNITED NATIONS (UN) made the FALSE claim that 2,500 UN scientist reviewers supported IPCC Report conclusions, when in fact there was NO such consensus, and only 62 of those scientists made the review ! Would the United Nations (UN) LIE or at least be mistaken ? Well, according to this respected report : http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/images/stories/papers/reprint/un_scientists_speakout.pdf

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