A Skeptic's Handbook of Parapsychology

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Skeptical Literature on Parapsychology:
An Annotated Bibliography
GERD H. HÖVELMANN
with Marcello Truzzi and Piet Hein Hoebens

The following annotated bibliography was prepared by three authors sympathetic to parapsychological research and is highly critical of what they consider to be "hard-line" skepticism. The work was begun by Gerd Hovelmann, a skeptical parapsychologist and Piet Hein Hoebens, a "soft-line" skeptic. It was completed by Mr. Hovelmann with the assistance of Marcello Truzzi, who is in both camps.

It should be pointed out that this bibliography does not necessarily represent the point of view of the editor of this volume or of other skeptics. Nevertheless, it does provide a helpful guide.—ED.


I. Introduction

Skeptical reactions to parapsychological research are as old as this research itself. More than one hundred years of skeptical inquiry have produced an unwieldy mass of skeptical literature from both outside and inside the parapsychological community, in which almost every aspect of parapsychological experimentation and theory-building has been subjected to skeptical scrutiny. The quality, meticulousness, and reliability of publications, however, cannot generally be claimed to be superior in the skeptical literature to that of the

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Inclusion of an annotated bibliography of the skeptical literature in this Skeptic's Handbook of Parapsychology was suggested by the late P.H.H., and the plan for its format and scope was drawn up jointly by G.H.H. and P.H.H. However, the final selection of the works to be included, as well as the writing of both the introduction and annotations, was done by G.H.H. and M.T. only after P.H.H.'s untimely death in October 1984. P.H.H. should not be held responsible for any shortcomings or inadequacies the introductory section and annotations may contain.

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