The New Age: Notes of a Fringe-Watcher
Not since his Science: Good, Bad and Bogus has there been such a bountiful offering of the delightful combination of drollery and horse sense that has made Martin Gardner the undisputed dean of the critics of pseudoscience.
In The New Age: Notes of a Fringe-Watcher, Gardner confronts new trends in pseudoscience and the paranormal: from the much-publicized past-life exploits of Shirley MacLaine to the latest in perpetual-motion machines, from "prime-time preachers" to the "channeling mania" of the past few years.
Many of these pieces were published in Gardner's column in the Skeptical Inquirer. Others appeared in the New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Discover magazine, and other publications. Gardner has added forewords and/or afterwords to most of the chapters to give background, to bring recent developments to light, or to include responses from his critics.
Destined to be a classic of skeptical literature, this book will be a welcome treat for Gardner fans and a rewarding adventure for his new readers.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - RandyStafford - LibraryThing
My reaction to reading this book in 1994. Another good collection of Martin Gardner’s essays on pseudoscience whose only fault is that the essays (first published in magazines) are too short. My ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Devil_llama - LibraryThing
One of Gardner's better works, this deals with a wide variety of pseudoscientific, pseudohistorical ideas that have become mainstream in American culture. All the chapters have appeared in print ... Read full review