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An Introduction to Parapsychology (3rd Edition) [Library Binding]

Harvey J. Irwin
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February 1, 1999 0786406712 978-0786406715 3 Sub
A university-level textbook on the science of parapsychology. Dr Irwin outlines the origins of parapsychological research and critically reviews investigations of extrasensory perception, psychokinesis, poltergeist phenomena, near-death and out-of-body experiences, and "survival" of death. Also, criticisms by the sceptical are presented, and the status of parapsychology as a scientific enterprise is assessed.

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Irwin (psychology, Univ. of New England in Australia) wrote this book as a textbook, and it shows. Each chapter ends with a list of terms and study questions, and though coverage is similar to many other surveys in the field, the extremely academic style makes it much less readable. Further, the bibliography consists largely of articles in periodicals, many dating from before 1980 and probably unavailable except in universities with a parapsychology department of long years' standing. Surprisingly, many notables are not listed in the Index of Names, including James, Hyslop, Ducasse, Piper, Bro, Garrett, and Cayce. All in all, not of value to public libraries in this country.
- Jeanne Bagby, formerly with Tucson P.L.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"excellent.... The author presents a balanced approach.... Updated and comprehensive, libraries and scholars would do well to add this latest edition to their collections" -- Choice

Product Details

  • Library Binding: 396 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company; 3 Sub edition (February 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786406712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786406715
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,123,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fairly objective overview of the subject... March 29, 2006
This book is written with an academic, professional and reasonably impartial tone. The book doesn't try to convince you that psychic phenomenon are genuine. If there is an underlying message from the author of this book, it is that many parapsychologists are HONEST scientists, they take their work very seriously, and that parapsychology is not always synonymous with pseudoscience.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect guide August 13, 2008
The author is totally unbiased.
He explains the parapsychology cosmos from various angles including science, religion, quantum physics and the occult.
I found this book to be INDISPENSABLE.
All those who are interested in parapsychology SHOULD buy this book.
It is almost perfect.
One of the very best books published in the last ten years.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend. December 28, 2010
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Being a text book, and a wonderful one at that, this book for me, proved to be a challenge. A positive challenge though. While quite a bit of it was "over my head" that certainly did not detur me from continuing this book. This book is a great refernce material, and I look forward to going back and reviewing the areas that I highlighted, that were of specific interest to me.

I gave this book five stars and, as previously mentioned, while it was a bit challenging, it is a worthwhile read, indeed! :-)
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A clearing in the forest January 7, 2008
This is the most thorough and definitive Inroduction to Parapsychology I have seen. It is also the most objective work of its type which I have read besides Varieties of Anomalous Experience: Examining the Scientific Evidence.

I recommend it highly and suspect that the true and observant Skeptic would as well. Yet the crafty and perjurious few that dwell amoungst the dens of "Skeptics" and "Conjurers" alike would not. Very fulfilling read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Experimental Parapsychology January 21, 2012
By Zach R.
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The book arrived on time and was in excellent quality. The price was also one of the more reasonable ones I could find, as well.
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