Adventures in Paranormal Investigation

University Press of Kentucky, 1 dic. 2007 - 292 páginas
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Tales of alien abductions, miraculous relics, and haunted castles have attracted believers and skeptics across the globe for centuries. Paranormal investigator Joe Nickell tackles the world’s most seemingly inexplicable myths in Adventures in Paranormal Investigation. With four decades of experience in the field, Nickell employs skepticism and scientific analysis to pull truth from the mires of false evidence and trickery that surround both old and new legends and mysteries. Unlike authors who engage in hype and sensationalism in order to foster or debunk myths, Nickell approaches each case with a rational and scientific approach intended to find the truth. Occam’s Razor—all things being equal, the simplest solution is the best one—is a principal instrument in his investigative toolbox, as well as the belief that it is the claimant’s responsibility to provide the extraordinary proof required in such extraordinary cases. Adventures in Paranormal Investigation features Nickell’s on-site explorations in unusual phenomena. Among the forty unique cases, Nickell examines mysteries ranging from snake charmers who purport to hold influence over the reptiles, to the Holocaust victims who reportedly haunt a gas chamber in Dachau, to Lake Simcoe’s resident lake monster Igopogo in Canada. In addition to the case studies, Nickell analyzes how the propensity to fantasize can affect human perceptions of and belief in paranormal activity and how his personal experience with the paranormal was altered when intuition led to the discovery of a daughter he didn’t know existed. More than just another myth-busting text, Adventures in Paranormal Investigation brings together reason and scientific analyses to explain both the phenomena and the role of human perception therein, establishing Nickell as the foremost paranormal investigator of our time.

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Reseña de usuario  - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing

Another book by one of the country's leading paranormal researchers. Nickell doesn't research from his armchair, or from the library; he goes out and looks for the ghosts himself. A true skeptic, and ... Leer reseña completa

Review: Adventures in Paranormal Investigation

Reseña de usuario  - Jen - Goodreads

A fun and interesting book on the skeptical research of the paranormal, but I could have done with a lot more detail on the actual case studies. I was disappointed by how short each section was. Leer reseña completa

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Página ix - Well, I have a trade of my own. I suppose I am the only one in the world. I'ma consulting detective, if you can understand what that is. Here in London we have lots of Government detectives and lots of private ones. When these fellows are at fault, they come to me, and I manage to put them on the right scent. They lay all the evidence before me, and I am generally able...

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