If you've ever been tempted to try aromatherapy or (god forbid) ever thought about drinking your own urine for its medicinal qualities, then perhaps you ought to have a flick through this book. A collection of Mr Gardner's columns from a sceptical US magazine, it is the sort of book you can just dip into in no particular order. He moves with ease from deep philosopical debate of tricky subjects to ruthless debunking of obvious crackpots. For anyone with a scientific mind, this book is a breath of fresh air on the 'new age' burdened shelves of today's bookshops. I enjoyed the book a lot but I have two things to say against it. Firstly, many of the fads that Gardner dissects are pretty harmless despite being obviously scientifically dubious. If they work for some people then why begrudge them their happiness? Secondly, you get the feeling that Mr Gardner might miss something momentous in the future due to his obvious inability to believe something without there been a rock solid scientific explanation for it.
However, its enjoyable.