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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1st Edition edition (9 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953761126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953761128
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.9 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,066,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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'.

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I had to admit I was disappointed by this book. I'd hoped for a collection of articles showing how popular myths and misunderstandings are analysed and rationalised by a group of skeptics. And I knew that the articles were collected from back-issues of The Skeptic magazine. But there are several drawbacks to this:

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.
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This doesn't quite live up to the cover. Fight the good fight by all means, chaps, but one can't help feeling this would have been punchier had it been American. These freaks are EVIL, man! Want to join the fight? Someone like James Randi or Robert L Park would be a good place to start
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Very dry - a few good articles and quite informative but not as good as I was expecting. I subscribe to the magazine and I expected a bit more.
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