Skeptical Odysseys: Personal Accounts by the World's Leading Paranormal Inquirers
Prometheus Books, 2001 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 430 pages
Issued on the 25th anniversary of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP), this book brings together personal statements by the leading skeptics of the world. CSICOP, the first major organization of skeptics on the contemporary scene, is worldwide in scope and is dedicated to the skeptical evaluation of both paranormal and religious claims in the light of scientific inquiry. All of the articles are original and written especially for this collection. Many pieces are autobiographical; others reflect on the current state of research into paranormal claims.
The contributors focus on ESP and parapsychology, astrology, UFOlogy, the difference between science and pseudoscience, alternative medicine, magic, near-death experiences, spiritual energy, Bible codes, and religious claims that purport to have empirical foundations.
Among the thirty-seven distinguished contributors are Martin Gardner (former columnist for Scientific American), Leon Jaroff (former science editor of Time), Philip J. Klass (the leading UFO skeptic), Antony Flew (noted British philosopher), Kendrick Frazier (editor of the Skeptical Inquirer), the late Steve Allen (noted author, comedian, and television pioneer), Bill Nye ("The Science Guy"), Jean-Claude Pecker (one of France's leading astronomers), Joe Nickell (paranormal investigator), Susan J. Blackmore (parapsychologist), Eugenie Scott (critic of "creationism"), among others. Contributors come from the USA, Canada, Britain, France, India, the Netherlands, Spain, Mexico, and Russia.
This is a unique and exciting history of the current skeptical movement.
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Reviewed July 2002 A collection of essays concerning various topics related to skepticism. Some articles have been published in other works and journals. The authors are from the Who's Who in the ... Read full review
Reviewed July 2002
A collection of essays concerning various topics related to skepticism. Some articles have been published in other works and journals. The authors are from the Who's Who in the Skeptic Movement. Most are fellows with CSICOP. Articles from around the world (only one woman) and various famous people, Bill Nye, Steve Allen and Paul Kurtz. I personally know Wallace Sampson and Barry Karr. I purchased this book for various reasons, but mainly I wanted to know more about the people involved.
The Founding of the Skeptical Movement
TWENTYFIVE YEARS OF CSICOP
SOME PERSONAL REFLECTIONS
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