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9780521758932

Beyond Belief: Skepticism, Science and the Paranormal

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521758932

  • ISBN10:

    0521758939

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-11-09
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

Whether ghosts, astrology or ESP, up to 80 per cent of the population believes in one or more aspects of the paranormal. Such beliefs are entertaining, and it is tempting to think of them as harmless. However, there is mounting evidence that paranormal beliefs can be dangerous - cases of children dying because parents rejected orthodox medicine in favour of alternative remedies, and 'psychics' who trade on the grief of the bereaved for personal profit and gain. Expenditure on the paranormal runs into billions of dollars each year. In Beyond Belief: Skepticism, Science and the Paranormal Martin Bridgstock provides an integrated understanding of what an evidence-based approach to the paranormal - a skeptical approach - involves, and why it is necessary. Bridgstock does not set out to show that all paranormal claims are necessarily false, but he does suggest that we all need the analytical ability and critical thinking skills to seek and assess the evidence for paranormal claims.

Author Biography

Martin Bridgstock is Senior Lecturer in the School of Biomolecular and Physical Sciences at Griffith University, Queensland.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introduction: The paranormal and why it mattersp. 1
The nature of sciencep. 12
The paranormalp. 38
Skepticism-from Socrates to Humep. 64
Modern skepticismp. 86
Bringing skepticism down to earthp. 111
Skepticisms, ethics and survivalp. 140
Skepticisms beyond the paranormalp. 164
Bibliographyp. 186
Indexp. 197
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