The Skeptic Encyclopedia Of Pseudoscience

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Overview

Edited by Michael Shermer, editor and publisher of The Skeptic magazine, this truly unique work provides a comprehensive introduction to the most prominent pseudoscientific claims made in the name of "science." Covering the popular, the academic, and the bizarre, the encyclopedia includes everything from alien abductions to the Bermuda Triangle, crop circles, Feng Shui, and near-death experiences.

Fifty-nine brief descriptive summaries and 23 investigations from The Skeptic magazine give skeptical analyses of subjects as far-ranging as acupuncture, chiropractic, and Atlantis. The encyclopedia also gives for-and-against debates on topics such as evolutionary psychology and case studies on topics like police psychics and the medical intuitive Carolyn Myss. Finally, the volumes include five classic works in the history of science and pseudoscience, including the speech William Jennings Bryan never delivered in the Scopes trial, and the first scientific and skeptical investigation of a paranormal/spiritual phenomenon by Benjamin Franklin and Antoine Lavoisier.

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Editorial Reviews

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" … the treatment afforded the topics covered in this encyclopedia is serious … The Skeptic Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience is one of those sets in which the fascination value may equal its reference use … without a doubt, many people are captivated with the issues discussed in this work."

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Against the Grain

"A careful reading…should be required of all who wish to get a university degree…In the Internet age…people…should make every effort toward two gaols: To spread good scientific metionads for evaluating truth claims, and to help nurture enlightened traditional worldviews….This set does much in the direction of acheiving the first goal."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576076538
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Pages: 932
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 10.34 (h) x 2.27 (d)

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