The Skeptic’s Guide to the Paranormal

by Lynne Kelly

Synopsis: Can a human being really spontaneously burst into flames? Just how deadly is the Bermuda Triangle? And what’s the real story behind all those alien abductions? The answers to these and many other questions lie within the covers of The Skeptic’s Guide to the Paranormal. Guaranteed to liven up any dinner party, this delightful, highly readable book offers color photographs and scientific case-by-case explanations for twenty-seven phenomena that appear to defy known science, including ghosts and poltergeists, the predictions of Nostradamus, and yogic levitation, among many others. Speaking directly to the reader, and always with respect for those who believe, Kelly gives us a bite-size, nonacademic approach to debunking hugely popular superstitions and mysteries. Did you know that you, too, can bend spoons and read minds? This book will show you how.

Published: 2004 | ISBN-13: 978-1560257110

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A very easy to read summary of some of the more common phenomena. Ghosts, Nostradamus, the Shroud of Turin, astrology and ESP are just some of the 27 paranormal subjects Lynne Kelly shines a scientific light on. Learn how to ‘read minds’ with the cold reading lesson, find out how spoon bending is done and how fire-walking works. Important lessons, in a fun and easy-to-read book! – Ed Brown from his list 10 Great Books on Skepticism and Stuff

Need an answer for New Age or UFO bores? Then this book is for you. Lynne Kelly presents a diverse collection of the popular paranormal – and its rational, DIY explanations. Thus psychic readings are just perceptive psychology, if not outright chicanery, and anyone who can hold a twig can dowse. She does both, DIY-style and successfully. Funniest moment: convincingly interpreting  Coleridge’s Kubla Khan in the style of Nostradamus. A thoroughly sensible book that should be promoted as widely as possible. – Lucy Sussex, The Sunday Age, June 6, 2004

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