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Paranormal Claims: A Critical Analysis [Paperback]

Bryan Farha
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April 26, 2007 0761837728 978-0761837725 Reprint
This academic text features articles regarding paranormal, extraordinary, or fringe-science claims. It logically examines the claims of astrology; psychic ability; alternative medicine and health claims; after-death communication; cryptozoology; and faith healing, all from a skeptical perspective. Paranormal Claims is a compilation of some of the most eye-opening articles about pseudoscience and extraordinary claims that often reveal logical, scientific explanations, or an outright scam. These articles, steeped in skepticism, teach critical thinking when approaching courses in psychology, sociology, philosophy, education, or science.

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Reading the chapters in this fine anthology will make you smarter and better able to cope...they will give you tools to allow you to sift sense from nonsense about all manner of claims and assertions that swirl about without much intelligent evaluation or response. This is your antidote to those. (Kendrick Frazier, editor, Skeptical Inquirer: The Magazine for Science and Reason)

Dr. Farha has never had any misconceptions about how the universe really works. His book will encourage and help those for whom questions have arisen, and will give them points upon which to base arguments against the ever-growing dumbing-down of the public. We must awaken to this danger and oppose it. (James Randi)

...Bryan Farha's book is a compilation of serious, scientifically and logically grounded articles; balm for the mind. The importance of this book should not be underestimated. It's a concise vade mecum in our struggles against those who refuse to see logic. (Angelo Stagnaro)

A 'how to' book for apprehending nature in its true grandeur. (Ann Druyan, co-writer, COSMOS television series, co-creator, CONTACT, the motion picture)

About the Author

Bryan Farha is a Professor at Oklahoma City University where he coordinates the graduate program in applied behavioral studies. In 1985, he received the Doctor of Education degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Tulsa. He serves as a scientific and technical consultant to the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and has been a member of their astrology subcommittee since 1996. He has published approximately 30 articles-many of which appear in critical thinking periodicals such as Skeptic and Skeptical Inquirer. His work in educating the public regarding the truth about paranormal claims and pseudoscientific deception has recently been recognized by T.I.M.E., C.N.N., and National Geographic. He has given over 50 interviews for television, radio, newspapers, and books. Dr. Farha is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Oklahoma as well as a National Certified Counselor.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 185 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of America; Reprint edition (April 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761837728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761837725
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,689,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection! September 23, 2008
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I bought this book for a college course titled, BIO 104: How Science Works. I wasn't expecting this collection of essays to be this good, but sure enough...it is great. I really liked the Susan Blackmore's work on NDE's and Carl Sagan's Baloney Detector. Farha certainly did an excellent job with this book and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the validity of paranormal claims.
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