An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural

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An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural

An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural By James Randi An Encyclopedia of Claims Frauds and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural In this remarkable encyclopedia James Randi casts his cynical eye on the dubious genes of the occult and the supernatural With entries and hundreds of illustrations throughout this book examines

  • Title: An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural
  • Author: James Randi
  • ISBN: 9780312151195
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Paperback
  • An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural By James Randi In this remarkable encyclopedia, James Randi casts his cynical eye on the dubious genes of the occult and the supernatural With 666 entries and hundreds of illustrations throughout, this book examines the shady world of manipulators, occultists, and shamanists in microscopic detail Topics include Jeane Dixon s long string of failed predictions, the elaborate hoax surrounIn this remarkable encyclopedia, James Randi casts his cynical eye on the dubious genes of the occult and the supernatural With 666 entries and hundreds of illustrations throughout, this book examines the shady world of manipulators, occultists, and shamanists in microscopic detail Topics include Jeane Dixon s long string of failed predictions, the elaborate hoax surrounding the mystery of the Abominable Snowman, and much .
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    1. Allison on said:

      Excellent stuff A fascinating and funny look at so called occult and supernatural occurrences and abilities Provides an excellent grounding in the basics of the spiritualist movement, as well as discussions of numerous psychic and unexplainable phenomena Randi balances his occasionally somewhat mean spirited no pun intended criticisms of the people who believe in this nonsense with a far severe pen lashing of the self aggrandizing, manipulative, greedy sorts who prey upon their vulnerable audie [...]

    2. Sarah-Anne on said:

      James Randi, professional magician and skeptic, has put together an encyclopedia with something for everyone Yes, no matter who you are, unless you re a thoroughgoing atheist, Randi is bound to offend your beliefs at one point or another As Arthur C Clarke says in his introduction, the book should be issued with a mental health warning, as many readers if they are brave enough to face unwelcome facts will find some of their cherished beliefs totally demolished Randi is dryly sarcastic about hund [...]

    3. Joe on said:

      I am reading this because it is part of Scott Adams reading list.This book is very interesting, to learn about all of the various silly things that people have believed in over the years.While the author is critical of the evidence gathering ability of people who believe in these things, he does not usually use any evidence to prove that something is ineffective and comments like which is clearly made up and other similar nonsense means that he is not using the same levels of proof and evidence [...]

    4. Andrew Garvey on said:

      Picked up in a charity shop for 1.99, I hadn t planned on actually reading this cover to cover but Randi s sneerily amusing dismissals of all manner of flapdoodle and nonsense are addictive after a while Along the way, he skewers everything from crystal skulls to Hollow Earth theories, from the Bermuda Triangle to Nostradamus and all sorts of minor scams and scammers.True, his constant digs at Sir Arthur Conan Doyle seemingly every single time he gets to take a shot at spiritualists and spiritua [...]

    5. Nancy on said:

      This is another of those books that I was attracted to because of it s alphabetical arrangement, but the information within is fascinating from why people are attracted to the symmetry in natural formations like crystals to the mandrake plant which is related to the potato and often grows in the shape of a human body When it is drawn from the ground, it s supposed to emit a horrendous human like shriek that will drive a human insane And that s just a couple of things it covers it also delves int [...]

    6. Kym Robinson on said:

      As always James Randi has a cutting and clever style with his approach to the super natural and its many bunk artists that have both existed and still exist to this day His intelligent and at times witty writing style makes for this seemingly dry encyclopedia a fun and interesting read.Comprehensive in its broad context while also providing just enough information so as to be an introductory level read so as to help inform and inspire further reading on much of the subject matter.Whether you act [...]

    7. Ronel on said:

      I have always been intrigued with people s fascination with the occult, the paranormal and everything that goes bump in the night But the I delved into it, the I became skeptical of the of these phenomena.This book is a valuable resource and the ebook of the encyclopedia as it appears on James Randi s website randi I loved the explanations and definitions I had two gripes though There was not an index which linked to the contends and two, I wanted Glutton, I know.

    8. Leonard Pierce on said:

      Inessential Randi this is basically just a slight compendium of some of the famous bits of historical buncombe Still, it s fine if it s the only such reference you have, and Randi lets himself get nasty from time to time.

    9. Robert on said:

      Great as a reference book or just to dip into, not really a sit and read.

    10. Vince Colucci on said:

      A vital resource for any scholar of any import, or a fun romp through the alphabetized bullshit that is one of societies greatest weeknesses Only you can decide

    11. Greg on said:

      Highly enjoyable, but biased and Randi s mocking comments are frequently amusing

    12. Jennie Lichfield on said:

      as the other readers have suggested, an index would be a good idea Otherwise good material and worth having as a look things up kind of book.

    13. Karla on said:

      Entertaining, enlightening, and hilarious commentary on some of the biggest examples of bullshit to make headlines Should be in every home.

    14. Joshua on said:

      lacklustre execution would like it to have had entries, details, how they did it secrets revealed and better formatting on the kindle paperwhite

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