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Beyond Belief
Skepticism, Science and the Paranormal

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  • Date Published: October 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521758932

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  • Whether ghosts, astrology or ESP, up to 80 per cent of the population believes in one or more aspects of the paranormal. Such beliefs are entertaining, and it is tempting to think of them as harmless. However, there is mounting evidence that paranormal beliefs can be dangerous - cases of children dying because parents rejected orthodox medicine in favour of alternative remedies, and 'psychics' who trade on the grief of the bereaved for personal profit and gain. Expenditure on the paranormal runs into billions of dollars each year. In Beyond Belief: Skepticism, Science and the Paranormal Martin Bridgstock provides an integrated understanding of what an evidence-based approach to the paranormal - a skeptical approach - involves, and why it is necessary. Bridgstock does not set out to show that all paranormal claims are necessarily false, but he does suggest that we all need the analytical ability and critical thinking skills to seek and assess the evidence for paranormal claims.

    • This book explicates the basic ideas of skepticism, spells out why they are desirable and useful to know, and applies these principles to the full range of paranormal phenomena
    • Evidence-based and founded upon scientific principles of analysis, deduction and critical and ethical thinking
    • This book builds on the widespread fascination with the paranormal and uses this to introduce understandings of the nature of science and of critical thinking
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    • Date Published: October 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521758932
    • length: 214 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Introduction - the paranormal and why it matters
    2. The nature of science
    3. The paranormal
    4. Skepticism - from Socrates to Hume
    5. Modern skepticism
    6. Bringing skepticism down to earth
    7. Skepticism, ethics and survival
    8. Skepticism beyond the paranormal
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Martin Bridgstock, Griffith University, Queensland
    Martin Bridgstock is a Senior Lecturer in School of Biomolecular and Physical Sciences at Griffith University.

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