Why Statues Weep: The Best of the "Skeptic" Paperback – 9 Mar 2010
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'A bracing tonic at a time when numbskull credulity seems to be winning the race against rationality' --The Independent
'Psychics, crop circles, the Turin shroud, and the idea that we use only 10% of our brains, are all subjected to withering deconstruction in this collection of essays' --The Guardian
About the Author
Wendy M. Grossman is a freelance writer, founder and twice editor of 'The Skeptic'. Professor Christopher C. French is head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Editor in Chief of 'The Skeptic'.
Top Customer Reviews
The articles date back to the start of the magazine 21 years ago, so some are very dated. And very frustratingly, although each article has an introduction, its source is only referenced by the publication e.g. V.7 would mean the 7th issue in the 5th year i.e. something like 1992. So it's really annoying to try and work out when the article originally dates from.
The other main problem is that the articles are all pretty short. And a bit dry. For example one of them sets out guidelines on how to be a good skeptic (know your facts, don't be afraid to say you don't know, allow the benefit of the doubt etc).
Some of the subjects are interesting, but the approach is quite academic, whilst also being shallow which doesn't give you much. Having said that there are some readable items, especially the guy who winds up psychics on the radio and produces extracts from his conversations.
I very much appreciate the work done by this bunch, but I just didn't find it that readable. A 3, possibly rounded up for effort.