Pseudoscience and the Paranormal
2. Edition August 2017
320 Pages, Softcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd
Comprehensive and engaging, this extensively revised edition of a student and instructor favorite introduces the basics of critical thinking using the claims of pseudoscience and the paranormal.
* Guides readers through the critical thinking process by considering different types of support (sources, logic, and scientific observation) and ruling out alternative explanations
* Allows students to practice and apply their new critical thinking skills on claims of extraordinary cures including energy treatments, complementary/alternative medicine and faith healing as well as four paranormal claims of consequence: astrology, spiritualism and the afterlife, parapsychology, and creationism.
* Couples a conversational, nontechnical narrative with student-friendly pedagogical tools, including critical thinking questions, a study guide for each chapter, and a companion website
* Provides clear and open-minded discussions of the paranormal spectrum, belief justification surveys, the placebo effect, and the relationship between religion and critical thinking
1 Critical Thinking: Your Survival Kit
2 The Paranormal Spectrum
3 What's the Harm? Why Study These Things?
PART 2: THE CRITICAL THINKER'S TOOLKIT
5 Logic (Bonus: The Top Four Informal Logical Fallacies)
6 Logic and language: Fallacies of Ambiguity
PART 3: ALTERNATIVE EXPLANATIONS
8 Oddities of Nature and the World of Numbers
9 Perceptual Error and Trickery
10 Memory Errors
11 Placebo Effect
12 Sensory Phenomena, Hallucinations, and Psychiatric Conditions
PART 4: PARANORMAL CHALLENGES
13 Claims of Extraordinary Cures
14 From the Paranormal Sampler: Four Claims of Consequence
APPENDIX A Why Do You Believe?
APPENDIX B: The Belief Justification Survey