The Skeptic's Guide to the Paranormal

The Skeptic's Guide to the Paranormal

The Skeptic's Guide to the Paranormal

The Skeptic's Guide to the Paranormal

Synopsis

A rational explanation of 27 paranormal phenomena - from walking over hot coals to spontaneous combustion - that appear to defy the laws of science.

Excerpt

Amazing facts are revealed to you. In front of your eyes, someone is claiming the most incredible things—they can read your mind, make spoons bend, identify the true shroud of Christ, predict your future, read your star signs, contact the dead or transmit messages telepathically.

In the face of no alternative explanation, you have little choice but to believe them. Surely they wouldn't be lying to you? Just because they are making money out of this, they wouldn't stand up in public and blatantly lie. Would they?

Maybe not. Perhaps some genuinely believe what they say despite all the evidence to the contrary. Maybe there is some truth in one of these claims. The only way to be sure is to have an alternative against which to measure. By eliminating the misconceived and fraudulent we can try and identify any which really do defy known science.

The Skeptic's Guide to the Paranormal gives a rational explanation for some of the most widely known claims of the paranormal. It takes tangible claims and examines the tangible evidence.

The lore of the skeptic says an extraordinary claim requires an extraordinary proof. If a claim is made publicly which defies all the rigours of peer review and debate, then it is beholden on the claimant to provide the proof. William of Occam was the fourteenth-century creator of the famous razor which bears his name. Occam's razor says that claims should only be believed if there is not a more simple . . .

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