Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience: From Alien Abductions to Zone Therapy

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Routledge, Dec 2, 2013 - Reference - 444 pages
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The Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience is the first one-volume, A-to-Z reference that identifies, defines, and explains all of the terms and ideas dealing with the somewhat murky world of the "almost sciences".

Truly interdisciplinary and multicultural in scope, the Encyclopedia examines how fringe or marginal sciences have affected people throughout history, as well as how they continue to exert an influence on our lives today.

This comprehensive reference brings together: superstitions and fads that are part of popular culture, such as fortune telling; healing practices once thought marginal that are now become increasingly accepted, such as homeopathy and acupuncture; frauds and hoaxes that have occurred throughout history, such as UFOs; mistaken theories first put forward as serious science, but later discarded as false, such as phrenology and racial typing, etc.

More than 2000 extensively cross-referenced and illustrated entries cover prominent phenomena, major figures, events topics, places and associations.
  

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I brought this home from the library and my 14 yo son immediately dove into it. I suppose we can always go to the websites for Straight Dope or for Snopes, but this looks like it'd be fun to actually ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
INTRODUCTION
Ideology Fraud and Misconduct
Science or Pseudoscience?
Living with Anomalies
The Perspective of Anomalistics
ENTRIES AZ
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
PHOTO CREDITS
Copyright

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Williams,General Editor,has taught at the Department of Science,Technology,and Society at Pennsylvania State University.

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