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The Hundredth Monkey [Kindle Edition]

Kendrick Frazier
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Book Description

The Hundredth Monkey takes its title from philosopher Ron Amundson's expose of the "Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon," a claim about collective consciousness. Forty-three essays by thirty-nine authors, including Isaac Asmov, Martin Gardner, Carl Sagan, Ray Hyman, Paul Kurtz, and James Randi, examine aspects of paranormal and fringe-science beliefs from an authoritative, scientific point of view. The penetrating and entertaining essays, many with timely postscripts, are grouped into nine categories:

- Understanding Human Need
- Examining Popular Claims

- Encouraging Critical Thinking
- Medical Controversies

- Evaluating the Anomalous Experience
- Astrology

- Considering Parapsychology
- Crashed Saucer Claims

- Controversies Within Science

Scientists and scholars discuss the burden of skepticism and the delicate balance between a creative openness to new ideas and the relentless scrutiny of new claims. A classic source book for scientifically responsible explanations of controversies, hoaxes, bizarre mysteries, and popular cultural myths.

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The 44 essays in this collection originally appeared in the Skeptical Inquirer , published by the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP). Among the contributors are Carl Sagan, Isaac Asimov, Paul Kurtz, Martin Gardner, and Philip J. Klass. Their main purpose is not to debunk paranormal claims per se , but to examine them using a healthy dose of skepticism. However, even inveterate humanist Kurtz warns against skepticism becoming a new orthodoxy and exhorts diehard skeptics to give unorthodox claims a fair hearing. Sagan echoes Kurtz's view, calling for an "exquisite balance" between open-mindedness and skepticism. The book is divided into ten sections covering such topics as alien abduction and hypnosis, past life and hypnotic regression, miracles, firewalking, spontaneous human combustion, graphology, chiropractic, astrology, cold fusion, and crashed saucer claims. Essays on the human need to believe, ways to encourage critical thinking, and how to evaluate anomalous experiences are especially helpful in arguing the case for a skeptical approach to life. This challenging yet accessible compilation of readings on critical thinking offers a much-needed balance to books on "fringe" beliefs of all types. Highly recommended for most libraries, high school level on up.
- Gary D. Barber, SUNY at Fredonia Lib.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Kendrick Frazier (Albuquerque, NM) is editor of the Skeptical Inquirer, former editor of Science News, and the editor of four previous collections, including Encounters with the Paranormal and Science Confronts the Paranormal. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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  • File Size: 5346 KB
  • Print Length: 414 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (September 30, 1991)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002OB5HXI
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
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The hundredth monkey is a collection of essays taken primarily from the Skeptical Observer magazine and directly takes on the issues of ESP (PSI), astrology, UFOs and other items associated with the paranormal. Very well written -- I especially liked the investigations into ESP and astrology. Perfect starter book for anyone trying to understand the arguments against the paranormal
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and well-written. January 3, 2006
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Whether you are a skeptic or a believer, this book is a great find for anyone interested in a study of the paranormal and occult. The book written by skeptics, but I got the impression throughout the book that many of the authors would actually love to be proven wrong! The articles in the book give the reader tools to analyze in a scientific, logical and rational way any paranormal claim. Each article is well-written and thought-provoking.

My personal opinion is that it is possible for things to exist outside of the ability of science to explain or categorize. If you agree, you will probably find that you often disagree with articles in this book. But disagree or not, it is intelligent and though-provoking and a must-read for anyone who is seriously interested in the study of the paranormal and occult.

This book will definitely make you think, and that's ALWAYS a good thing. I recommend reading the book with a friend or partner so you will have someone with whom you may discuss the ideas presented.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect guide to skepticism! June 7, 1998
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This is an excellent book for those of you who aren't fooled by wild paranormal schemes. Great authors, great essays. I especially like the part about fire-walking, channeling, and critical thinking.
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