Pseudoscience and Extraordinary Claims of the Paranormal: A Critical Thinker's Toolkit

Wiley, 8 oct. 2009 - 432 páginas
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Pseudoscience and Extraordinary Claims of the Paranormal: ACritical Thinker's Toolkit provides readers with a variety of"reality-checking" tools to analyze extraordinary claims and todetermine their validity.
  • Integrates simple yet powerful evaluative tools used by bothparanormal believers and skeptics alike
  • Introduces innovations such as a continuum for rankingparanormal claims and evaluating their implications
  • Includes an innovative "Critical Thinker’s Toolkit," asystematic approach for performing reality checks on paranormalclaims related to astrology, psychics, spiritualism,parapsychology, dream telepathy, mind-over-matter, prayer,life after death, creationism, and more
  • Explores the five alternative hypotheses to consider whenconfronting a paranormal claim
  • Reality Check boxes, integrated into the text, invitestudents to engage in further discussion and examination ofclaims
  • Written in a lively, engaging style for students and generalreaders alike

Ancillaries: Testbank and PowerPoint slides available

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Jonathan C. Smith, Ph.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Professor of Psychology at Roosevelt University, Founding Director of the Roosevelt University Stress Institute, and Head of the Pseudoscience and Paranormal Laboratory.  Dr. Smith has published 17 books and has written numerous articles on stress, relaxation, meditation, and mindfulness, as well as spirituality and skepticism. In 1984 he founded the Roosevelt University Stress Institute primarily to combat pseudoscience in the field. He has created classroom and online classes specifically designed to teach critical thinking skills and evaluate extraordinary claims of the paranormal.

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