Pseudoscience and Extraordinary Claims of the Paranormal: A Critical Thinker's Toolkit

Pseudoscience and Extraordinary Claims of the Paranormal: A Critical Thinker's Toolkit

Author(s): Dr. Jonathan C. Smith

Published Online: 6 NOV 2009

Print ISBN: 9781405181235

Online ISBN: 9781444310122

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310122

About this Book

Pseudoscience and Extraordinary Claims of the Paranormal: A Critical Thinker's Toolkit provides readers with a variety of "reality-checking" tools to analyze extraordinary claims and to determine their validity.

  • Integrates simple yet powerful evaluative tools used by both paranormal believers and skeptics alike
  • Introduces innovations such as a continuum for ranking paranormal claims and evaluating their implications
  • Includes an innovative "Critical Thinker's Toolkit," a systematic approach for performing reality checks on paranormal claims related to astrology, psychics, spiritualism, parapsychology, dream telepathy, mind-over-matter, prayer, life after death, creationism, and more
  • Explores the five alternative hypotheses to consider when confronting a paranormal claim
  • Reality Check boxes, integrated into the text, invite students to engage in further discussion and examination of claims
  • Written in a lively, engaging style for students and general readers alike

Ancillaries: Testbank and PowerPoint slides available at www.wiley.com/go/pseudoscience

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Introduction

  2. Part II: The Critical Thinker's Toolkit - Evaluate Support for a Claim

  3. Part II: The Critical Thinker's Toolkit - Consider Alternative Explanations

  4. Part III: The Paranormal Files

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