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  • Hardcover: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (19 Sept. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879754079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879754075
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,480,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on 7 Sept. 1998
Format: Hardcover
I think this book is nonsence.how can anyone say that other peoples beliefs don't count for anything.Everyone should be allowed to believe in what they want to believe.personally , i am a great believer in shirley maclaines beliefs and i'm sure alot of people feel the same way. I don't really think anyone is in the position to give any negative comments on the beliefs featured in this book.
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By A Customer on 21 Mar. 1998
Format: Hardcover
I think that anyone who tries to discredit people or beliefs should be discredited. First of all, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but, at the same time, should also get criticized if that person doesn't know what he is talking about. Gordon seems to come from a religious background and it shows in his book.
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A stage magician takes an open-minded look at some of the wilder beliefs of the 20th century and finds that not all of them stand up.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to critical, skeptical thinking 29 May 2001
By Daniel Knepshield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Before I review this book, I must first respond to the below review about dinosaurs being warmblooded. What the reviewer is referring to is a story that appeared in the popular press awhile back. The trouble with getting ones science news out of the daily newspaper is that one only gets a fraction of the story and the newspaper rarely ever gives follow ups or corrections to the original story. In this particular case the scientists warned that their "conclusions" were speculative and premature, however, the newspapers ran the story as if it was a scientific consensus to the fact that dinosaurs were indeed warmblooded. In reality, the scientists never made any such claim, their speculations were sensationalized by the press, and the jury is still out on the subject. The fact that I even had to write this proves the need for more critical thinking.
Now on to the book review. This is a fun, informative, fast paced, engaging and easy to read book. It is one of the best indroductions to critcal, skeptical thinking that I know of. The book teaches one to be skeptical of supernatural, too good to be true type claims. To a reader already familiar with the writings of James Randi, Ray Hyman, Joe Nickell and others, most of the material in this book will be old hat. To others, the material will be quite an eye opener.
This book is not as in depth or advanced as James Randi's Flim Flam Or Carl Sagan's Demon Haunted World, so if one has already read those books, this one is not really needed. If one is new to this type of writing, this book is probably the best place to start. Start with this book, as it is so easy to read, and then as you wish to learn even more read James Randi's Flim Flam, Carl Sagan's Demon Haunted World, or any of the books by Ray Hyman, Kendrick Frazier, Joe Nickell, Martin Gardner, or Phillip Klass.
Another great application for this book is to give it to someone to read that you know who tends to be just a little too gullible. I have found that asking someone to read a book like Flim Flam tends to be a little overwhelming, especially for someone not necessarily interested in having their worldview questioned. For example, one may have a family member who is just a little too open minded and one wishes to give this family member something to read to provide a balanced perspective to this person's thought process hoping that he or she will be just a little more rational when all is said and done. So the family member is given Flim Flam to read, but the family member, who is not really interested anyway, gets bored after a few pages and nothing is ever accomplished. This book, however, with its larger type point size, shorter paragraphs, and quick paced style will draw the reader in and hook them from the very first page. Then hopefully the family member will be be just a little bit smarter for reading this book and then, if interested, can be given something else to read like Flim Flam.
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars so ALL beliefs are valid? 26 Jan. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The two reviewers believe that no one should try to criticize or "discredit" another's beliefs- hmmm...So all beliefs are valid, then? How about the nazis' beliefs in Aryan superiority? How about the KKK's beliefs in White supremacy? How about the Theosophists who believe in fairies and wood sprites? It's all valid? No one should try to "discredit" another's views?
There is really no point in arguing with people like the two "reviewers" who have weighed in here; if one wants to believe, as shirley does, that thousands of years-old beings are somehow "channeling" their thoughts and knowledge through living humans, or that ufo's are kidnapping people from their beds at night, or that James Van Praagh really speaks to the dead, there is nothing you can do to convince them otherwise. It's very sad, actually...
It always amuses me to see people get angry about those, like Mr. Gordon, who debunk this kind of nonsense- er- "phenomena;" everywhere else you look it's accepted, in the media, especially; it's totally one-sided. Why begrudge skeptics when they get to say their piece? Why does it make you so uncomfortable...? Thanks Mr. Gordon, for taking the time to write this- you're not alone!
3.0 out of 5 stars PARANORMAL CLAIMS DEBUNKED 17 Sept. 2010
By James L. Park - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Henry Gordon
ExtraSensory Deception:
ESP, Psychics, Shirley MacLaine, Ghosts, UFOs....

(Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books, 1987)

A collection of newspaper columns by a magician and New Age critic.
This book covers all the issues discussed by JamesRandi's Flim-Flam!
plus several not mentioned in that review: magicians passing as psychics;
prophesy and ambiguous predictions of the future; cold readings by psychics;
psychic crime detection; moon and crime-cycles; fire-walking;
past-life regression; other forms of life--monsters and aliens;
& science and pseudo-science.
Because each article is short and independent of the others,
this book can be dipped into as suits the reader.
Might be a good place to start reading about the "New Age"
from a critical point of view.

You can find other such debunking books by searching the Internet for:
"OCCULTISM AND SCIENCE".

James Leonard Park, skeptic.
3 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't like it. 21 Mar. 1998
By bangel@ix.netcom.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I think that anyone who tries to discredit people or beliefs should be discredited. First of all, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but, at the same time, should also get criticized if that person doesn't know what he is talking about. Gordon seems to come from a religious background and it shows in his book.
2 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars this book is boring 7 Sept. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I think this book is nonsence.how can anyone say that other peoples beliefs don't count for anything.Everyone should be allowed to believe in what they want to believe.personally , i am a great believer in shirley maclaines beliefs and i'm sure alot of people feel the same way. I don't really think anyone is in the position to give any negative comments on the beliefs featured in this book.
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