Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction: Where Real Science Ends...and Pseudoscience Begins / Edition 1

Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction: Where Real Science Ends...and Pseudoscience Begins / Edition 1

by Charles M. Wynn, Arthur W. Wiggins, With Cartoons by Sidney Harris
     
 

Get the straight story on things like astrology, ghosts, spontaneous human combustion, psychic surgery, and ESP. You hear about these fantastic happenings every day on television and in the supermarket tabloids. Is any of this true or are they making it all up? While many people tune in just for laughs, plenty of readers believe their outrageous claims -- often… See more details below

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Get the straight story on things like astrology, ghosts, spontaneous human combustion, psychic surgery, and ESP. You hear about these fantastic happenings every day on television and in the supermarket tabloids. Is any of this true or are they making it all up? While many people tune in just for laughs, plenty of readers believe their outrageous claims -- often because they simply don't have a clear notion of what science really is.

So how do you figure out what constitutes real science and what is nonsense? Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction carefully deconstructs five examples of pseudoscience -- UFOs, out-of-body experiences, astrology, creationism, and ESP -- and gives easy recipes to test other dubious notions so that you can tell what lies in the realm of real science and what more properly deserves the tag of pseudoscience.

Brilliantly illustrated with hilarious cartoons by the renowned science cartoonist Sidney Harris, Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction is wonderful fun as well as illuminating science. This witty, disarmingly delightful book is for anyone -- but especially for those folks who secretly check their horoscope every day.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309073097
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
05/17/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Prologuevii
1The Road to Reality: Scientific Method1
2Scientific Reasoning in Action13
3The Road to Reality Versus the Road to Illusion31
4UFOs and the Extraterrestrial Life Hypothesis49
5Out-of-Body Experiences and Entities71
6The Astrology Hypothesis93
7The Creationism Hypothesis121
8Normal Sensory Perception, Extrasensory Perception, and Psychokinesis145
9Reflections on the Scientific Approach to Reality167
Epilogue187
Glossary191
Additional Reading209
Index215

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