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    DescriptionThis 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.


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    Title
    Paranormal Claims
    Subtitle
    A Critical Analysis
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Bryan Farha, Foreword by Michael Shermer, Contributions by Michael Shermer, Contributions by Carl Sagan, Contributions by Ray Hyman, Contributions by Susan Blackmore, Contributions by Barry L. Beyerstein, Contributions by Linda Rosa, Contributions by Stephen Barrett, Contributions by James Randi
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 185
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 227 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780761837725
    ISBN 10: 0761837728
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T10.5
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    BIC subject category V2: JFH
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26100
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    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: SCI005000
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    Ingram Theme: TOPC/NEWAGE
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    BISAC V2.8: SCI000000
    DC22: 130
    Abridged Dewey: 130
    BISAC V2.8: OCC000000
    LC classification: BF1029 .P37 2007
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: VX, PD
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    University Press of America
    Imprint name
    University Press of America
    Publication date
    28 April 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Lanham, MD
    Author Information
    Bryan Farha is a Professor at Oklahoma City University where he coordinates the graduate program in applied behavioral studies. In 1985, he received the Doctor of Education degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Tulsa. He serves as a scientific and technical consultant to the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and has been a member of their astrology subcommittee since 1996. He has published approximately 30 articles-many of which appear in critical thinking periodicals such as Skeptic and Skeptical Inquirer. His work in educating the public regarding the truth about paranormal claims and pseudoscientific deception has recently been recognized by TIME, CNN, and National Geographic. He has given over 50 interviews for television, radio, newspapers, and books. Dr. Farha is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Oklahoma as well as a National Certified Counselor.
    Review quote
    Reading the chapters in this fine anthology will make you smarter and better able to cope...they will give you tools to allow you to sift sense from nonsense about all manner of claims and assertions that swirl about without much intelligent evaluation or response. This is your antidote to those. -- Kendrick Frazier, editor, Skeptical Inquirer: The Magazine for Science and Reason Dr. Farha has never had any misconceptions about how the universe really works. His book will encourage and help those for whom questions have arisen, and will give them points upon which to base arguments against the ever-growing dumbing-down of the public. We must awaken to this danger and oppose it. -- James Randi ...Bryan Farha's book is a compilation of serious, scientifically and logically grounded articles; balm for the mind. The importance of this book should not be underestimated. It's a concise vade mecum in our struggles against those who refuse to see logic. -- Angelo Stagnaro A 'how to' book for apprehending nature in its true grandeur. -- Ann Druyan, co-writer, COSMOS television series, co-creator, CONTACT, the motion picture
    Table of contents
    Foreword Preface General Critical Thinking Chapter 3 The Fine Art of Baloney Detection Chapter 4 Why Smart People Believe Weird Things Fortune-Telling 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? Numerical Anomalies 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 Faith Healing 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 Cryptozoology Chapter 20 Bigfoot at 50: Evaluating a Half-Century of Bigfoot Evidence About the Contributors