In this thorough review of pseudoscience and the paranormal in contemporary life, psychologist Terence Hines teaches readers how to carefully evaluate all such claims in terms of scientific evidence.Hines devotes separate chapters to ...
Author: Terence Hines
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
...sure to please both the armchair skeptic looking for clear rebuttals to paranormal nonsense and the scientist interested in understanding the cognitive mechanisms involved in supernatural beliefs.- Skeptical InquirerI found [it] an eye-opener in everything said....Hines writes with great insight and plain speaking without belittling the reader with anything but common-sense....this book has my unreserved recommendation to be read and thoroughly digested and deeply thought about.- SFCrowsnest.co.ukTelevision, 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 easily lose sight of the distinction between the real and the imaginary, or they never learn to make the distinction in the first place. In this thorough review of pseudoscience and the paranormal in contemporary life, psychologist Terence Hines teaches readers how to carefully evaluate all such claims in terms of scientific evidence.Hines devotes separate chapters to psychics; life after death; parapsychology; astrology; UFOs; ancient astronauts, cosmic collisions, and the Bermuda Triangle; faith healing; and more. New to this second edition are extended sections on psychoanalysis and pseudopsychologies, especially recovered memory therapy, satanic ritual abuse, facilitated communication, and other questionable psychotherapies. There are also new chapters on alternative medicine, which is now marketed in our drug stores, and on environmental pseudoscience, with special emphasis on the evidence that certain technologies like cell phones or environmental agents like asbestos cause cancer.Finally, Hines discusses the psychological causes for belief in the paranormal despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. This valuable, highly interesting, and completely accessible analysis critiques the whole range of current paranormal claims.Terence M. Hines (Pleasantville, NY) is professor of psychology at Pace University, and the author of the first edition of Pseudoscience and the Paranormal.
This topically organized text integrates naturally with the flow of all introductory psychology courses presenting the differences between science and pseudoscience in a fun and interesting way.
Author: Timothy J. Lawson
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
For courses in Introductory Psychology, Critical Thinking and Scientific Reasoning. This topically organized text integrates naturally with the flow of all introductory psychology courses presenting the differences between science and pseudoscience in a fun and interesting way. Timothy Lawson uses original sources to address the numerous pseudoscientific claims that students are exposed to through the media, the Internet and pop psychology books.
The text illuminates how scientists think about these phenomena, how they design research studies to investigate such phenomena, and why they are critical of pseudoscientific and paranormal claims.
Author: Tim Lawson
Scientific Perspectives on Pseudoscience and the Paranormal: Readings for General Psychology provides students with engaging articles from psychologists and other scientists who have investigated pseudoscience and paranormal phenomena as they relate to psychology. The text illuminates how scientists think about these phenomena, how they design research studies to investigate such phenomena, and why they are critical of pseudoscientific and paranormal claims. The book begins with an introduction to the topic of pseudoscience and the paranormal. The proceeding chapters are organized to complement fundamental psychology topics, including sensation and perception, learning and memory, social psychology, and more. Students learn various scientific perspectives on particular pseudoscientific and paranormal phenomena. The material emphasizes important psychological concepts and scientific principles that help students readily identify what science is and what it is not. The second edition contains 12 new readings that feature updated information and topics that weren't covered in the previous edition. The opening chapter and many of the reading introductions have been updated to reflect more recent events and research. Timely, engaging, and intended for students new to the discipline, Scientific Perspectives on Pseudoscience and the Paranormal is an ideal textbook for introductory courses in psychology and for courses related to critical thinking, pseudoscience, and the paranormal.
The contributors to this book are among the most accomplished critical thinkers, scientists, and educators in the world and tackle their respective topics from a rational, logical, and skeptical perspective.
Author: Bryan Farha
Publisher: University Press of America
Pseudoscience and Deception is a compilation of some of the most eye-opening skeptical articles pertaining to extraordinary claims and pseudoscience. The articles explore paranormal, extraordinary, or fringe-science claims and reveal logical explanations or outline the deceptive tactics involved in convincing the vulnerable. Topics include claims of astrology, psychic ability, alternative medicine, after-death communication, psychotherapy, and pseudoscience. The contributors to this book are among the most accomplished critical thinkers, scientists, and educators in the world and tackle their respective topics from a rational, logical, and skeptical perspective. Most students are seldom excited to study “critical thinking”—with the exception of allegedly paranormal phenomena as the subject matter. Educators must seize this golden opportunity to witness and experience students’ genuine engagement in studying critical thinking.
Author: Fouad Bishay MichaelPublish On: 2012-05-30
Dr. Michael presents to us an overview of the three fundamental branches of science, physics, chemistry and biology, in a simple and easy to understand fashion.
Author: Fouad Bishay Michael
Dr. Michael presents to us an overview of the three fundamental branches of science, physics, chemistry and biology, in a simple and easy to understand fashion. With this basic knowledge, he leads us to re-evaluate the alternative explanation of the natural world as envisioned by religion, philosophy and pseudoscience with their abstract ideas that have dominated human culture for thousands of years. The result is an intellectual journey to reach the truth and achieve the thought-after well-being of mankind and global peace.
John Grant--author of Discarded Science and Corrupted Science--investigates the pseudoscience of spooky stuff to fascinating and often hilarious effect.
Author: Paul Barnett
Skeptics of the supernatural will enjoy this humorous history of scientific inquiry into paranormal and psychic phenomena. Spirit communication, the astral plane, reincarnation: scientists' attempts to apply their methods to the paranormal have frequently ended in embarrassment. John Grant author of "Discarded Science" and "Corrupted Science" investigates the pseudoscience of spooky stuff to fascinating and often hilarious effect."
Can the living communicate with the dead? Does prayer work? Are astrology and psychic readings accurate? In this groundbreaking book, a leading expert in the field makes sense of these mysteries and many more.
Author: Jonathan C. Smith
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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 Includes an innovative "Critical Thinker’s Toolkit," a systematic approach for performing reality checks on paranormal claims related to astrology, psychics, spiritualism, parapsychology, dream telepathy, mind-over-matter, prayer, life after death, creationism, and more Explores the five alternative hypotheses to consider when confronting a paranormal claim Reality Check boxes, integrated into the text, invite students to engage in further discussion and examination of claims Written in a lively, engaging style for students and general readers alike Ancillaries: Testbank and PowerPoint slides available at www.wiley.com/go/pseudoscience
This academic text features articles regarding paranormal, extraordinary, or fringe-science claims.
Author: Bryan Farha
Publisher: University Press of America
This academic text features articles regarding paranormal, extraordinary, or fringe-science claims. It logically examines the claims of astrology; psychic ability; alternative medicine and health claims; after-death communication; cryptozoology; and faith healing, all from a skeptical perspective. Paranormal Claims is a compilation of some of the most eye-opening articles about pseudoscience and extraordinary claims that often reveal logical, scientific explanations, or an outright scam. These articles, steeped in skepticism, teach critical thinking when approaching courses in psychology, sociology, philosophy, education, or science.
The Paranormal and Pseudoscience Some of the items listed as paranormal,
such as beliefs in UFOs or Bigfoot, are strictly speaking pseudoscientific claims.
Here again, some clarification is necessary. Pseudoscience means fake or ...
Author: Homayun Sidky
Publisher: Anthem Press
Category: Social Science
"Religion, Supernaturalism, the Paranormal, and Pseudoscience" provides a comprehensive rejoinder to the challenges posed to science, scientific anthropology, evolutionary theory and rationality by the advocates of supernatural, paranormal, and pseudoscientific perspectives and modes of thought associated with the current rise of irrationalism, antiintellectualism, and emboldened religious fundamentalism and violence. Drawing upon H. Sidky’s scientific anthropological background and ethnographic field research of supernatural and paranormal beliefs and practices in several cultures over three decades, the book answers several important questions: Why do humans have a proclivity for the supernatural and paranormal thinking? Why has humanity remained shackled to sets of ideas inherited from a violent past that have no basis in reality and which bestow an illusionary solace, promote bloodshed, endless cruelties and fervent hatreds, and have come at a high cost? Why have ancient superstitions been held as sacred, inviolate truths while other aspects of the archaic belief systems of which they were a part have long been discarded? Why have not humans outgrown religion and paranormal beliefs?
I will argue that the extent of the acceptance of paranormal and pseudoscientific
beliefs should be of great concern to science educators . Then after clarifying the
concepts of pseudoscience and paranormal , I will suggest specific ways that ...
Author: John K. Gilbert
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Udvalgte artikler fra 1985-2005, fordelt på 8 temaer: The relationship between science and science education ; Aims of the formal science curriculum and the needs of the students ; Science education in the formal curriculum ; Assessment in formal science education ; Teaching in science education ; Learning in science education ; The conceptual development of students in science education ; The professional development of science teachers
Hines, Pseudoscience and the Paranormal, pp. 245-46. 33. James Randi, "
Science and the Chimera," in Abell and Singer, Science and the Paranormal, p.
214. 34. C. R. Snyder and R.J. Shenkel, "The P. T Barnum Effect," Psychology
Keynote address, "Science in the age of (mis information)." Talk presented at the
Convention of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the
Paranormal, Buffalo, New York. Hines, T (2003). Pseudoscience and the paranormal: ...
Author: Karen Duffy
This 2009 UPDATE, Thirty-Ninth Edition of ANNUAL EDITIONS: PSYCHOLOGY provides convenient, inexpensive access to current articles selected from the best of the public press. Organizational features include: an annotated listing of selected World Wide Web sites; an annotated table of contents; a topic guide; a general introduction; brief overviews for each section; and an online instructor’s resource guide with testing materials. USING ANNUAL EDITIONS IN THE CLASSROOM (ISBN 9780073301907) is offered as a practical guide for instructors. ANNUAL EDITIONS titles are supported by our student website, www.mhcls.com/online.
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Paranormal Society . New York : Pocket , 2007 . Hines , Terence . Pseudoscience and the Paranormal . Amherst , N . Y . : Prometheus , 2003 . Horn , Stacy .
Author: Kenneth Partridge
Publisher: Hw Wilson Company
Category: Social Science
Surveys various supernatural phenomena, from ghosts and extra sensory perception (ESP), to UFOs and cryptozoology, examining whether they have any scientific validity and why people find them so fascinating.
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, “ The Influence of Past Experience upon Perceptual Properties , " American ...
Author: Theodore Schick
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages
Category: Critical thinking
Designed to help readers sharpen their reasoning skills, this book takes a critical look at over 50 paranormal or mysterious claims.