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The Psychology of the Psychic Paperback – December 1, 2000
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
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"This is an excellent book...actually an improvement on the original...You should read this book." -- Skeptical Inquirer, Jan/Feb 2002
About the Author
David F. Marks (London, UK) is a professor of psychology at Middlesex University, the head of the Health Research Centre in London, and a consulting editor for Skeptical Inquirer.
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Psychology of the Psychic is a fair and honest look at mentalists, psychics, clairvoyants, "spoonbenders", and others who claim paranormal talents.
Of particular interest to me were the techniques that showmen and charlatans use to convince others of their abilities, and how those techniques may be inadvertently used by those who believe they have experienced psychic phenomena.
If you're a believer, this book will allow you to separate the wheat from the chaff, and identify the outright frauds.
If you're a non-believer, this book will show you why so many people have faith in the paranormal, and will give you lots of ammunition when Aunt Bertha tells you about the marvelous new psychic she's been consulting (and handing over her checkbook to).
A terrific, thorough book, with solid research presented in an easy-to-read and enjoyable manner.