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Paranormality: Why we see what isn't there Paperback – August 17, 2011
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Reading this book is a participatory experience with a number of experiments and party tricks you can conduct on yourself or your friends as you go along. Weblinks are also given to allow you to view video footage of experiments.
This is a less "quirky" read than his last couple of books, but it does offer many interesting tips such as:
- How to fool people that you have psychic abilities
- How to induce an out of body experience
- How to impress your friends by appearing to bend a spoon
- How to significantly increase your chances of dreaming about somebody
- What to do if you feel you're being attacked by a ghost in bed at night
- How cults indoctrinate people and how to avoid being brainwashed.
I read this book on my Kindle and it wasn't optimal in that format. While all photographs are included, their placement doesn't match the text and there is a table included at one point which lost all of its formatting.
The chapter list indicates the subjects covered in the book:
1. Fortune Telling
2. Out of Body Experiences
3. Mind over Matter
4. Talking with the Dead
5. Ghost Hunting
6. Mind Control
Wiseman's prose is warm and funny and easy to read and understand. You can tell how much he loves this subject and how much fun he has had conducting research over the years.
I love this book and I only wish I could get a print copy for my non-Kindle-owning father. Please, somebody publish it in the US in print form!
One of the things that makes the book stand out is the large number of experiments and exercises you can do to illustrate Wiseman's points. They are simple but really help the reader understand how the brain works. The book also has QR tags so you can watch videos of interviews and investigations.
A number of topics are covered in addition to psychic powers and ghosts, such as hypnosis, cults, prophesy, out-of-body experiences and seances. I found the chapter on dreaming especially interesting. He deftly interweaves his own investigative experiences with stories of charlatans and their dupes through the years.
Although the book has been a big seller in the U.K., Professor Wiseman has been unable to find an American publisher. This is a shame since there is probably no country more in need of a book like this. Fortunately for those of us in the U.S., he has put the ebook on Amazon so we can read it.
Paranormality is a smart, fun read. In an ideal world, it would be required reading for all high school students. It would surely make us a nation of smarter, less gullible citizens.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Don't waste your time on this book or this author. He blatantly lies about the results of his experiments in order to make his case. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Scooty
Brilliant book debunking superstitions and explaining why we are so open to believe in things that are not there. The QR codes to further videos and info are a stroke of genius. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sdub
Richard wiseman does a great job of describing a typical example of paranormal accounts from the past, and using scientific research and studies, explains the reasons that they... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mitch
Loved this book! I don't see dead people anymore. Just kidding. It's a good read. Very enlightening and maybe a little disappointing. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Top of the Morning
This was not what I was expecting. I thought it would be about selective perception. Probably my fault. Oh, well... deal with it!Published 15 months ago by CM
Highly recommended - written with integrity, up-to-date research, from a balanced and tolerant view, very enjoyable and informative
It is depressing that in the US it is... Read more
It seems that Richard Wiseman cannot prove to himself that things such as paranormal abilities, psychic powers, or out of body experiences exist, consequently, he goes out of his... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Edward James