The Skeptic's Guide to the Paranormal

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Allen & Unwin, 2004 - Combustion, Spontaneous human - 260 pages
Guaranteed to liven up any dinner party, this delightful, highly readable book offers color photos and scientific case-by-case explanations for 27 phenomena that appear to defy known science, including ghosts and poltergeists, the predictions of Nostradamus, and yogic levitation.
 

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Contents

Spontaneous human combustion
1
Walking on hot coals
8
Crop circles
12
The Shroud of Turin
20
Psychic readings
34
Spiritualism
49
Ghosts and poltergeists
71
DIY ghost photos
80
The prophecy that is Kabul Khan
150
Psychic detectives
154
DIY telepathy
161
Psychics on stage
164
DIY bending spoons
175
UFO encounters of the first kindsightings
178
UFO encounters of the second kindphysical evidence
198
UFO encounters of the third kindalien contact
207

Reincarnation and past lives
83
Astrology
102
Numerology
115
ESPextrasensory perception
125
Nostradamus
143
Alien abductions
217
The Bermuda Triangle
226
Dowsing and divining
244
Acknowledgements 261
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Myth-X
Michelle Bush
Limited preview - 2008

About the author (2004)

Lynne Kelly has been teaching science and mathematics for over 30 years. She holds degrees in education and engineering and delights in debunking claims of the paranormal. She also delights in all things arachnid and is famous for her spider jewellery.

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