New to eBooks. How many copies would you like to buy? Add to Cart Add to Cart. Add to Wishlist Add to Wishlist. Pseudoscience and Extraordinary Claims of the Paranormal: A Critical Thinker's Toolkit provides readers with a variety of "reality-checking" tools to analyze extraordinary claims and to determine their validity. Integrates simple yet powerful evaluative tools used by both paranormal believers and skeptics alike.
Introduces innovations such as a continuum for ranking paranormal claims and evaluating their implications.
Hypnotic Suggestion Enhancers. Reality Checking for Memory Errors. Memory Myths. What Is Memory? Memory Errors. Reality Checking for the Placebo Effect.
What are Placebos? Weak and Strong Placebos. How Placebos Work. Placebos and Superstitious Beliefs.
Placebo Controversies. Placebos and Performance. Reality Checking for Sensory Anomalies and Hallucinations. Sensory Phenomena. Tunnel Experiences. Spiritualism and the Survival Hypothesis. History of the Spiritualist Movement. Impact of Spiritualism. Spiritualism Today. Research on Life after Death. Research on Channeling and Mediums. The Language of Parapsychology. Research on PSI.
Chinese Energy Treatments. Western Energy Treatments.
Supernatural Cures and Faith Healing. The Varieties of Healing Experience. The Evidence.
Creationism, Intelligent Design, and God. The Great Debate.
Things Great and Small. The Reality Checkup: Using your Toolkit. The Reality Checkup.
How to Carry on a Civilized Discussion about the Paranormal. Appendix A. Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Appendix B. Critical Thinking and Paranormal Resources. Appendix C. Susan Blackmore on Paranormal Research. Name Index. Subject Index. Editorial Reviews "This book, particularly in regard to its discussion of memory errors and its insistence on the value of real science, takes a place of prominence on my personal library shelf. Smith has produced a highly readable and very entertaining yet critical examination of virtually the entire gamut of paranormal claims, and he demonstrates an encyclopedic knowledge of the field in doing so.
While drawing extensively from psychology, physics, logical analysis and history, he always manages to keep things clear and straightforward, so that one is never lost in complexity. Moreover, the tone is light-hearted throughout, and never becomes pedantic or condescending. And the book offers much more than an evaluation of extraordinary claims. It provides a refined set of critical thinking tools that the reader will find invaluable in everyday life.
I strongly recommend this book to everyone who values the pursuit of truth in all things. And I can only wish that those who know that they already have the truth would read it as well, for they need it the most. A superb student-friendly guide to extraordinary claims.