- Title: An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural
- Author: James Randi
- ISBN: null
- Page: 215
- Format: Kindle Edition
In this updated and expanded version of his remarkable encyclopedia, James Randi casts his cynical eye on the dubious claims of the occult and the supernatural With hundreds of entries and illustrations throughout, this book examines the shady world of manipulators, occultists, and shamanists in microscopic detail Topics include Jeane Dixon s long string of failed predicIn this updated and expanded version of his remarkable encyclopedia, James Randi casts his cynical eye on the dubious claims of the occult and the supernatural With hundreds of entries and illustrations throughout, this book examines the shady world of manipulators, occultists, and shamanists in microscopic detail Topics include Jeane Dixon s long string of failed predictions, the elaborate hoax surrounding the mystery of the Abominable Snowman, and much .
Recent Comments "An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural"
Excellent stuff! A fascinating and funny look at so-called occult and supernatural occurrences and abilities. Provides an excellent grounding in the basics of the spiritualist movement, as well as discussions of numerous "psychic" and "unexplainable" phenomena. Randi balances his (occasionally somewhat mean-spirited--no pun intended) criticisms of the people who believe in this nonsense with a far more severe pen-lashing of the self-aggrandizing, manipulative, greedy sorts who prey upon their vu [...]
James Randi, professional magician and skeptic, has put together an encyclopedia with something for everyone. Yes, no matter who you are, unless you're a thoroughgoing atheist, Randi is bound to offend your beliefs at one point or another. As Arthur C. Clarke says in his introduction, the book "should be issued with a mental health warning, as many readers--if they are brave enough to face unwelcome facts--will find some of their cherished beliefs totally demolished." Randi is dryly sarcastic ab [...]
I am reading this because it is part of Scott Adams reading list.This book is very interesting, to learn about all of the various silly things that people have believed in over the years.While the author is critical of the evidence gathering ability of people who believe in these things, he does not usually use any evidence to prove that something is ineffective and comments like "which is clearly made up" "and other similar nonsense" means that he is not using the same levels of proof and evide [...]
Picked up in a charity shop for £1.99, I hadn't planned on actually reading this cover-to-cover but Randi's sneerily amusing dismissals of all manner of flapdoodle and nonsense are addictive after a while. Along the way, he skewers everything from crystal skulls to Hollow Earth theories, from the Bermuda Triangle to Nostradamus and all sorts of minor scams and scammers.True, his constant digs at Sir Arthur Conan Doyle seemingly every single time he gets to take a shot at spiritualists and spiri [...]
This is another of those books that I was attracted to because of it's alphabetical arrangement, but the information within is fascinating--from why people are attracted to the symmetry in natural formations like crystals to the mandrake plant which is related to the potato and often grows in the shape of a human body. When it is drawn from the ground, it's supposed to emit a horrendous human-like shriek that will drive a human insane. And that's just a couple of things it covers--it also delves [...]
As always James Randi has a cutting and clever style with his approach to the super natural and its many bunk artists that have both existed and still exist to this day. His intelligent and at times witty writing style makes for this seemingly 'dry' encyclopedia a fun and interesting read.Comprehensive in its broad context while also providing just enough information so as to be an introductory level read so as to help inform and inspire further reading on much of the subject matter.Whether you [...]
I have always been intrigued with people's fascination with the occult, the paranormal and everything that goes bump in the night. But the more I delved into it, the more I became skeptical of the of these phenomena.This book is a valuable resource and the ebook of the encyclopedia as it appears on James Randi's website randi. I loved the explanations and definitions. I had two gripes though: There was not an index which linked to the contends and two, I wanted more. Glutton, I know.
Inessential Randi; this is basically just a slight compendium of some of the more famous bits of historical buncombe. Still, it's fine if it's the only such reference you have, and Randi lets himself get nasty from time to time.
Great as a reference book or just to dip into, not really a sit and read.
A vital resource for any scholar of any import, or a fun romp through the alphabetized bullshit that is one of societies greatest weeknesses. Only you can decide!
Highly enjoyable, but biased and Randi's mocking comments are frequently amusing
A must have for cynics and skeptics alike.
as the other readers have suggested, an index would be a good idea. Otherwise good material and worth having as a 'look things up' kind of book.
Entertaining, enlightening, and hilarious commentary on some of the biggest examples of bullshit to make headlines. Should be in every home.
Love this guy
lacklustre execution would like it to have had more entries, more details, more "how they did it" secrets revealed and better formatting on the kindle paperwhite
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