A rational explanation of 27 paranormal phenomena - from walking over hot coals to spontaneous combustion - that appear to defy the laws of science.
Lynne Kelly's Skeptic's Guide to the Paranormal is a lovely book. It covers a wide range of paranormal mythconceptions in an entertaining and comprehensive way. The fascinating topics include the Bermuda Triangle, UFOs, Astrology, Nostradamus and Spoon Bending. The Universe around us is magnificent enough to fill us with awe and wonder - and this book shows us that we don't have to rely on second-rate re-hashed myths.'
Karl Kruszelnicki, Julius Sumner Miller Fellow, University of Sydney
We find ourselves in a society which erroneously believes it has undergone an Enlightenment, but has only experienced a certain degree of Brightening. Lynne Kelly's informative book should never have been needed, but obviously is. Telling people what they already know - that there is no Tooth Fairy, magic is a subject for children's story books and immortality, ESP and astral projection belong in fantasy stories - is made a more acceptable and communicable message via this book. Kudos and applause to the author. Let's have more '
James Randi, President, James Randi Educational Foundation, www.randi.org
Can a human being really burst spontaneously into flames? Just how deadly is the Bermuda Triangle? And what's the real story behind all those alien abductions?
The answers to these and many more questions are within these covers. Guaranteed to liven up any dinner party, The Skeptic's Guide to the Paranormal offers explanations for many phenomena which appear to defy known science.
Speaking directly to the reader, and always with respect for those who believe, Lynne Kelly presents the facts about the paranormal. Did you know that you too can bend spoons and read minds? This book will show you how.
Lynne Kelly has been teaching science and mathematics for over 30 years. She holds degrees in education and engineering and delights in debunking claims of the paranormal. She also delights in all things arachnid and is famous for her spider jewellery.
Table Of Contents:
1 Spontaneous human combustion 1
2 Walking on hot coals 8
3 Crop circles 12
4 The Shroud of Turin 20
5 Psychic readings 34
6 Spiritualism 49
7 Ghosts and poltergeists 71
8 DIY ghost photos 80
9 Reincarnation and past lives 83
10 Astrology 102
11 Numerology 115
12 ESP - extrasensory perception 125
13 Nostradamus 143
14 The prophecy that is Kabul Khan 150
15 Psychic detectives 154
16 DIY telepathy 161
17 Psychics on stage 164
18 DIY bending spoons 175
19 UFO encounters of the first kind - sightings 178
20 UFO encounters of the second kind - physical evidence 198
21 UFO encounters of the third kind - alien contact 207
22 Alien abductions 217
23 The Bermuda Triangle 226
24 Levitation 233
25 Dowsing and divining 244
26 Yeti, Bigfoot and other ape-men 251
27 The Loch Ness Monster 256
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