Download PDF by Kendrick Frazier: Science Confronts the Paranormal

By Kendrick Frazier

ISBN-10: 0879753145

ISBN-13: 9780879753146

This number of severe essays and investigative studies examines almost each zone of fringe technological know-how and the mystical from a refreshingly medical and clear-minded point of view. The authors are famous scientists, philosophers, psychologists, and writers. All convey to the duty a decision to sift experience from nonsense and truth from fiction in a space infamous for incorrect information, misperception, self-delusion, and wishful pondering. They accomplish that in a fashion that highlights the variations among genuine technology and pseudoscience.They've made specified efforts first to discover the particular proof in the back of various claims that experience renowned charm, after which to provide an explanation for and speak what medical research and reasoning show approximately them. topics handled to incisive and unique exam contain astrology, ESP, psychic detectives, psychic predictions, parapsychology, remote-viewing, UFOs, creationism, the Shroud of Turin, coincidences, cult archaeology, palmistry and fringe medication. There also are explorations of the results of paranormal ideals for technological know-how schooling.

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We are always selecting what to focus attention on and, except in those infrequent times when we force ourselves to operate in the most analytical and objective mode, we have a way of searching for information that reinforces our beliefs and ignoring all that doesn’t. All this makes us very human. It also make us susceptible to error. Such distortions are generally unimportant, because in our daily life our perceptions are continually being compared with the real world and undergoing correction.

Philosopher Paul Feyerabend has maintained that there are virtually no standards of scientific objectivity and that one theory can be as true as the next. But I submit that he is mistaken. If we cannot always easily demarcate antecedent to inquiry pseudo from genuine science, we can after the fact apply critical standards of evaluation. Within these limited confines, then, I submit that some debunking is not only useful but necessary, particularly if we are to deal with the realities of belief in our media-coddled society.

Standing on one side (so to say) for emergency use only. For their seventeenth-century forerunners. ” on the one hand, and the “divine” or “miraculous,” on the other. ” or “what is normally expected”? Aside from the beginnings of professionalization, at least two other factors need attention. For a start, from the 1830s. the Romantics had acquired something of a monopoly over “Nature,” and as a result it was felt to have lost some of the precision it needed to be of use in science. In addition, this change was probably associated with the rise of the new “positivism” of Auguste Comte.

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