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ISBN-13: 978-0786430598 ISBN-10: 0786430591 Edition: 5th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland; 5th edition (February 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786430591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786430598
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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"Excellent...comprehensive...well written...high quality...recommended for public, college and university libraries." --Choice

"Highly recommended...give[s] an intelligent overview...clear...organization is excellent." --The Journal of Parapsychology

"Fills the gap because it is up to date, formally written, and wide in scope...a particularly useful resource for students and teachers alike...as a textbook, Irwin's book is the best of its kind." --Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research

"Highly recommended...give[s] an intelligent overview...clear...organization is excellent." --The Journal of Parapsychology

"Fills the gap because it is up to date, formally written, and wide in scope...a particularly useful resource for students and teachers alike...as a textbook, Irwin's book is the best of its kind." --Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Payman Saghafi on March 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
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 By Armand S. Pelosi on August 13, 2008
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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 By Lamborghini Gal on 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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. EARLS on January 7, 2008
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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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By Gothelda on February 20, 2014
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This book is well written and easy to understand.
Enjoyed reading it, and will read it again.
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