The Skeptic's Dictionary: A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions

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Wiley, Apr 28, 2004 - Science - 456 pages
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A wealth of evidence for doubters and disbelievers

"Whether it's the latest shark cartilage scam, or some new 'repressed memory' idiocy that besets you, I suggest you carry a copy of this dictionary at all times, or at least have it within reach as first aid for psychic attacks. We need all the help we can get."
-James Randi, President, James Randi Educational Foundation, randi.org

"From alternative medicine, aliens, and psychics to the farthest shores of science and beyond, Robert Carroll presents a fascinating look at some of humanity's most strange and wonderful ideas. Refreshing and witty, both believers and unbelievers will find this compendium complete and captivating. Buy this book and feed your head!"
-Clifford Pickover, author of The Stars of Heaven and Dreaming the Future

"A refreshing compendium of clear thinking, a welcome and potent antidote to the reams of books on the supernatural and pseudoscientific."
-John Allen Paulos, author of Innumeracy and A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper

"This book covers an amazing range of topics and can protect many people from being scammed."
-Stephen Barrett, M.D., quackwatch.org

Featuring close to 400 definitions, arguments, and essays on topics ranging from acupuncture to zombies, The Skeptic's Dictionary is a lively, commonsense trove of detailed information on all things supernatural, occult, paranormal, and pseudoscientific. It covers such categories as alternative medicine; cryptozoology; extraterrestrials and UFOs; frauds and hoaxes; junk science; logic and perception; New Age energy; and the psychic. For the open-minded seeker, the soft or hardened skeptic, and the believing doubter, this book offers a remarkable range of information that puts to the test the best arguments of true believers.

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A must have for a skeptical goto guide on woo. Read full review

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User Review  - Markii - Goodreads

must-have topical guide/reference book on all things paranormal and their scientific explanations (eg ufo's, phrenology, faith healing, witchcraft, psychics, prophecy, acupuncture, alternative medicine, chiropractic, etc. your az on reality! Read full review

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About the author (2004)

ROBERT TODD CARROLL is the chairman of the philosophy department at Sacramento City College in California. He began publishing his skeptical writings on the Internet in 1994. His site, www.skepdic.com, has developed an international following and receives more than 500,000 hits a month. Carroll is also the author of Becoming a Critical Thinker: A Guide for the New Millennium. He lives in Davis, California.

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