Pseudoscience and the Paranormal

Pseudoscience and the Paranormal

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

ISBN: 9781615920853

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 500

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...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.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Scientific Perspectives on Pseudoscience and the Paranormal

Scientific Perspectives on 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

ISBN: 0131941011

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 336

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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.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Scientific Perspectives on Pseudoscience and the Paranormal

Scientific Perspectives on Pseudoscience and the Paranormal

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

Publisher:

ISBN: 1516527267

Category: Parapsychology

Page: 370

View: 670

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.
Categories: Parapsychology

Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking

Comprehensive and engaging, this extensively revised edition of a student and instructor favorite introduces the basics of critical thinking using the claims of pseudoscience and the paranormal.

Author: Jonathan C. Smith

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119029359

Category: Psychology

Page: 320

View: 217

Rev. ed. of: Pseudoscience and extraordinary claims of the paranormal: a critical thinker's toolkit. 2010.
Categories: Psychology

Pseudoscience and Deception

Pseudoscience and Deception

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

ISBN: 9780761862932

Category: Psychology

Page: 180

View: 890

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.
Categories: Psychology

Ingenious Nonsense

Ingenious Nonsense

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

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781477207604

Category: Philosophy

Page: 120

View: 991

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.
Categories: Philosophy

Spooky Science

Spooky Science

John Grant--author of Discarded Science and Corrupted Science--investigates the pseudoscience of spooky stuff to fascinating and often hilarious effect.

Author: Paul Barnett

Publisher:

ISBN: 1454916540

Category:

Page: 264

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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."
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Pseudoscience and Extraordinary Claims of the Paranormal

Pseudoscience and Extraordinary Claims of the Paranormal

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

ISBN: 9781444358940

Category: Psychology

Page: 432

View: 923

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
Categories: Psychology

The Skeptic Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience

The Skeptic Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience

Examines supernatural controversies such as crop circles, the Shroud of Turin, and cold fusion, and provides evidence for and against each phenomenon.

Author: Michael Shermer

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781576076538

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 903

View: 361

Examines supernatural controversies such as crop circles, the Shroud of Turin, and cold fusion, and provides evidence for and against each phenomenon.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Paranormal Claims

Paranormal Claims

This academic text features articles regarding paranormal, extraordinary, or fringe-science claims.

Author: Bryan Farha

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 0761837728

Category: Psychology

Page: 167

View: 789

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.
Categories: Psychology

Religion Supernaturalism the Paranormal and Pseudoscience

Religion  Supernaturalism  the Paranormal and Pseudoscience

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

ISBN: 9781785271649

Category: Social Science

Page: 518

View: 308

"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?
Categories: Social Science

Science Education Science education and the formal curriculum

Science Education  Science  education  and the formal curriculum

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

ISBN: 0415342260

Category: Education

Page: 456

View: 600

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
Categories: Education

Science and Unreason

Science and Unreason

Author: Daisie Radner

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: UCAL:B3613716

Category: Science

Page: 110

View: 476

Categories: Science

Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking

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
Today ...

Author: Gregory Bassham

Publisher: McGraw-Hill College

ISBN: 0072879599

Category: Philosophy

Page: 608

View: 591

Categories: Philosophy

Debunked

Debunked

The authors examine a variety of subjects in the field of the occult and how they can be explained through simple physics or probability.

Author: Georges Charpak

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801878675

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 136

View: 489

The authors examine a variety of subjects in the field of the occult and how they can be explained through simple physics or probability.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Annual Editions Psychology 08 09 2009 Update

Annual Editions  Psychology 08 09  2009 Update

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

Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin

ISBN: 0073397792

Category: Psychology

Page: 224

View: 436

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.
Categories: Psychology

The Paranormal

The Paranormal

Ghost Hunting : True Stories of Unexplained Phenomena from the Atlantic
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

ISBN: STANFORD:36105213124493

Category: Social Science

Page: 196

View: 285

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.
Categories: Social Science

Mercury

Mercury

Hines , T. Pseudoscience and the Paranormal : A Critical Examination of the
EviBernstein , J .: " Scientific Cranks : How to Recognize One and What to Do
Until the Doctor Arrives " in American Scholar , Winter 1977-78 . Sagan , C. “
Night ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UCSD:31822005503982

Category: Astronomy

Page:

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Categories: Astronomy

How to Think about Weird Things

How to Think about Weird Things

The following discussion is drawn from Terence Hines , Pseudoscience and the
Paranormal ( Buffalo : Prometheus Books , 1988 ) , pp . 168 – 70 . 5 . K . Duncker
, “ The Influence of Past Experience upon Perceptual Properties , " American ...

Author: Theodore Schick

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages

ISBN: PSU:000049316681

Category: Critical thinking

Page: 300

View: 515

Designed to help readers sharpen their reasoning skills, this book takes a critical look at over 50 paranormal or mysterious claims.
Categories: Critical thinking