Pseudoscience and the Paranormal

Front Cover
Prometheus Books, 2003 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 500 pages
5 Reviews
Television, the movies, and computer games fill the minds of their viewers with a daily staple of fantasy, from tales of UFO landings, haunted houses, and communication with the dead to claims of miraculous cures by gifted healers or breakthrough treatments by means of fringe medicine. The paranormal is so ubiquitous in one form of entertainment or another that many people easily lose sight of the distinction between the real and the imaginary, or they never learn to make the distinction in the first place. In this thorough review of pseudoscience and the paranormal in contemporary life, psychologist Terence Hines teaches readers how to carefully evaluate all such claims in terms of scientific evidence.
Hines devotes separate chapters to psychics; life after death; parapsychology; astrology; UFOs; ancient astronauts, cosmic collisions, and the Bermuda Triangle; faith healing; and more. New to this second edition are extended sections on psychoanalysis and pseudopsychologies, especially recovered memory therapy, satanic ritual abuse, facilitated communication, and other questionable psychotherapies. There are also new chapters on alternative medicine, which is now marketed in our drug stores, and on environmental pseudoscience, with special emphasis on the evidence that certain technologies like cell phones or environmental agents like asbestos cause cancer.
Finally, Hines discusses the psychological causes for belief in the paranormal despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. This valuable, highly interesting, and completely accessible analysis critiques the whole range of current paranormal claims.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
1
4 stars
1
3 stars
2
2 stars
0
1 star
1

Review: Pseudoscience and the Paranormal

User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

This is a superb reference for those just getting acquainted with the topic of debunking pseudoscience and quackery. The scope of Hines' book covers a very wide range of subjects, but doesn't go into ... Read full review

Review: Pseudoscience and the Paranormal

User Review  - Karthi Mohan - Goodreads

Throughout the whole book the author basically argues against all forms of paranormal phenomena, in the usual materialist fashion. Read full review

Contents

PREFACE II
13
PSYCHICS AND PSYCHIC PHENOMENA
43
LIFE AFTER DEATH
91
Copyright

12 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2003)

Terence M. Hines (Pleasantville, NY) is professor of psychology at Pace University, and the author of the first edition of Pseudoscience and the Paranormal.

Bibliographic information