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Paranormality: Why We See What Isn't There Paperback – Unabridged, July 1, 2011
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About the Author
Richard Wiseman is Britain's only professor for the Public Understanding of Psychology and has an international reputation for his research into unusual areas, including deception, luck, humour and the paranormal. He is the author of the international bestseller 59 Seconds, is frequently quoted by the media and his research has been featured on over 150 television programmes across the world.
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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.
It is depressing that in the US it is available only on Kindle -- publishers concluded that in our religion-brainwashed population there would not be an interest in the subject. Many thanks to Prof. Wiseman for his huge effort - presented in condensed and witty form and always with credit to his sources
when he mentions the history of a claim or belief, I feel he keeps it concise to the point that it's not boring or detracting from the topic at hand, and his use of humor throughout the book keeps it pretty interesting. My only problem with it is that he seems to sometimes restate points that do not need to be restated. For example, many times, after discussing a claim and how it fits into the natural world, there seems to be what almost feels like filler in the book where he basically recaps what he just spent the last 2 or 3 pages talking about. It happens often, but it's only for like a paragraph so it's not really an issue, I just glance over them.
Professor Wiseman has my business.