Legends, Lore, and Lies: A Skeptic's Stance (A Longman Topics Reader) / Edition 1

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Legends, Lore, and Lies presents critical readings in five sections–urban legends, alternative medicine, the media’s role in public gullibility, psychics and the paranormal, and pseudo science–to demonstrate the importance of critical examination and the differences between an opinion or assertion and a supported claim.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321439246
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 11/17/2006
  • Series: Longman Topics Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 246
  • Sales rank: 769,733
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: A Skeptic’s Stance

Carl Sagan, The Burden of Skepticism


Jan Brunvand, “Lights Out!” A Faxlore Phenomenon

L. Kirk Hagen, French Follies: Appalling Deception of a 9/11 Conspiracy Theory

Samuel Sass, A Patently False Patent Myth—Still.

Jan Willem Nienhuys, Spontaneous Human Confabulation: Requiem for Phyllis

Richard Roeper, Big Lies on Campus: Exam Scams.


Science Indicators 2000: Belief in the Paranormal or Pseudoscience, Skeptical Inquirer

Shari Waxman, Mind Over Media

Philip J. Klass , That’s Entertainment! TV’s UFO Coverup

Bryan Farha , Stupid “Pet Psychic” Tricks and the Animal Planet Network

Joe Nickell, Bone Box of Contention: The James Ossuary

Joyce Bynum, Kidnapped by an Alien


Lynn McCutcheon, What’s That I Smell? The Claims of Aromatherapy

James Livingston, Magnetic Therapy: Plausible Attraction

Harriet Hall, Oxygen Is Good—Even When It’s Not There

Harriet Hall, Wired to the Kitchen Sink: Studying Weird Claims for Fun and Profit

Catherine Guthrie, Homeopathy Finally Gets Some Respect

Stephen Barrett, Analysis of Kevin Trudeau’s “Natural Cures” Infomercial


Martin Gardner, Heaven’s Gate: The UFO Cult of Bo and Peep

David E. Thomas, Hidden Messages and the Bible Code

Carl Sagan, The First Crop Circles

Gary P. Posner, A Not So Psychic Detective?

John McCrone, Psychic Powers: What are the Odds?

Sonya Fitzpatrick, The Turtle Jean Lafitte: Adventures of a Pet Psychic


Robert Park, Only Mushrooms Grow in the Dark

Philip Plait, The Disaster that Wasn’t: The Great Planetary Alignment of 2000

Susan Blackmore, Why I Have Given Up

Eugenie Scott, My Favorite Pseudoscience

Stephen Jay Gould, Dr. Down’s Syndrome

Elizabeth Loftus, Remembering Dangerously

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