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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.
General Critical Thinking
Chapter 3 The Fine Art of Baloney Detection
Chapter 4 Why Smart People Believe Weird Things
Chapter 5 Cold Reading: How to Convince Strangers That You Know All About Them
Chapter 6 Sylvia Brown: Psychic Guru or Quack?
Afterlife and Related Phenomena
Chapter 7 Deconstructing the Dead
Chapter 8 Near-Death Experiences: In or Out of Body?
Chapter 9 Number Manipulation: The Not "So Spooky" Tim McVeigh
Alternative Medicine and Health Claims
Chapter 10 Why Bogus Therapies Often Seem to Work
Chapter 11 A Close Look at Therapeutic Touch
Chapter 12 Chiropractic's Dirty Little Secret: Neck Manipulation and Strokes
Chapter 13 Magnet Therapy: A Skeptical View
Chapter 14 The Great Dilution Delusion
Celestial Influence and Extraterrestrial
Chapter 15 The Case For and Against Astrology
Chapter 16 Looking Up to Logic
Chapter 17 Prayer and Healing: The Verdict Is In and the Results Are Null
Chapter 18 Benny Hinn: Healer or Hypnotist?
Chapter 19 John of God: ABC's Primetime Live Special about a Brazilian "Healer" Falls Short of Investigative Journalism
Chapter 20 Bigfoot at 50: Evaluating a Half-Century of Bigfoot Evidence
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