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Skeptics of the supernatural will enjoy this humorous jaunt through the long history of scientific inquiry into paranormal and psychic phenomena. Telepathy, life after death, spirit communication, the astral plane, reincarnation, spoon bending: on the relatively rare occasions when scientists have tried to apply their methods to the paranormal, they've often ended up embarrassed—fooled by obvious charlatans, deluded into making irrational and unsubstantiated claims, or frustrated in their attempt to find something that just isn’t there. 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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Alchemy, the flat earth theory, lost worlds, and aliens among us: these ideas once seemed plausibleand#151;but now we know theyand#8217;re just plain wrong. Take a fun journey through the history of science as it transforms from a field of wild speculation into a powerful tool of understanding. Explore the world in upheaval as Earth changed from center of the universe to a smallish planet orbiting an average star. Find out about hidden races and unknown creatures (like Yetis); early and bizarre thoughts on evolution; ancient astronauts and UFO crazes; the music of the spheres; the acquisition of virtues through cannibalism, and much more!

About the Author

John Grant is the author of some 70 books and recipient of two Hugo Awards, the World Fantasy Award, the Locus Award, and a number of other international literary awards. He coedited with John Clute The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (Orbit/St Martin’s) and wrote in their entirety all three editions of The Encyclopedia of Walt Disneys Animated Characters (Hyperion); both encyclopedias are standard reference works in their field. His A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir: The Definitive Reference Guide, published by Limelight in Fall 2013, has the distinction of being the largest film noir encyclopedia ever written. Among his other recently published nonfiction books are the highly successful Discarded Science,Corrupted Science, and Bogus Science (all AAPPL/Sterling). He lives in NJ.

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Thomas Kirby, July 26, 2007 (view all comments by Thomas Kirby)
I bought this book to read about how the bad science of years gone by was "debunked", such as Blondlot's N-Rays, but that's not what this book is about. It's more about the philosphy behind science, and the process of how science has developed. It's still and interesting book, but I could have used a few more entertaining silly examples. For example, the N-Rays story only rated a couple of pages.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781904332497
Subtitle:
Confronting the Pseudoscience of the Supernatural
Author:
Grant, John
Author:
Barnett, Paul
Publisher:
Sterling
Subject:
General science
Subject:
History
Subject:
History of Science-General
Subject:
WALL CALENDARS - PETS/ANIMALS WALL
Subject:
Philosophy & Aspects
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20151006
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
all in 2-color
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.25 x 4.5 in

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Alchemy, the flat earth theory, lost worlds, and aliens among us: these ideas once seemed plausibleand#151;but now we know theyand#8217;re just plain wrong. Take a fun journey through the history of science as it transforms from a field of wild speculation into a powerful tool of understanding. Explore the world in upheaval as Earth changed from center of the universe to a smallish planet orbiting an average star. Find out about hidden races and unknown creatures (like Yetis); early and bizarre thoughts on evolution; ancient astronauts and UFO crazes; the music of the spheres; the acquisition of virtues through cannibalism, and much more!
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