Debunked!: ESP, Telekinesis, and Other Pseudoscience

Debunked ESP Telekinesis and Other Pseudoscience Can you walk over red hot charcoal without burning your feet Appear to stop the beating of your heart Bend spoons using the power of your mind In Debunked Nobel Prize winner Georges Charpak and physic

  • Title: Debunked!: ESP, Telekinesis, and Other Pseudoscience
  • Author: Georges Charpak Henri Broch
  • ISBN: 9780801878671
  • Page: 347
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Can you walk over red hot charcoal without burning your feet Appear to stop the beating of your heart Bend spoons using the power of your mind In Debunked Nobel Prize winner Georges Charpak and physics professor Henri Broch team up to show you the tricks of the trade and sleight of hand that keep astrologers, TV psychics, and spoon benders in business.Using only the siCan you walk over red hot charcoal without burning your feet Appear to stop the beating of your heart Bend spoons using the power of your mind In Debunked Nobel Prize winner Georges Charpak and physics professor Henri Broch team up to show you the tricks of the trade and sleight of hand that keep astrologers, TV psychics, and spoon benders in business.Using only the simplest of science, the authors explore the effectiveness of horoscopes the blander the better and why, with a television audience in the millions, any strange, unlikely prediction is almost certain to come true If such insider information does not impress your colleagues, why not pierce your tongue with a skewer or demonstrate your eerie powers by using telepathy and the telephone to get a distant friend to intuit the number and suit of a card picked at random Charpak and Broch show you how.Not merely an expose of magic tricks, this book demonstrates how pseudoscientists use science, statistics, and psychology to bamboozle an audience sometimes for fun, sometimes for profit During the most scientifically advanced period in human history, belief in the paranormal and the supernatural is alarmingly common Entertaining and enlightening, Debunked is the antidote, vigorously asserting the virtues of doubt, skepticism, curiosity, and scientific knowledge This lucid translation makes the arguments clear, understandable, and a pleasure to read.

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    1. I come from a background of science and math, but I'm not actually very good at that whole skepticism thing. What this book did really well, I thought, was show how to think about whether something is believable; the presentation was especially good for the parts that involved probability. My favorite statement was the one that extraordinary claims need extraordinary proof. Having examples of how to fake some of the supernatural abilities really added to the case, too.

    2. Your standard paranormal debunking book. However, in the introduction, the author makes two mistakes: he attacks religion and he has no skepticism about global warming. Physician, heal thyself.

    3. Шарлатани от всички страни, ще ли се засрамите?: knigolandiafo/book-review/kЕдна безспорно нужна книга – от тези, които българинът има най-паче нужда да прочете, но той предпочита да вярва, че всичко му се спуска “От Космоса с любов”. След “Псевдонауката” и “Вярващият мозък” се чудех [...]

    4. I was scanning the shelves for a paranormal book for a reading challenge when I came across this book. The beginning was good. It "debunked" a lot of magic/mystical by revealing tricks and by using statistics. I didn't like the part that talked about radioactivity and the end got a little "ho-hum, when is this going to be over?" Overall, the basic premise of the book was goode common sense instead of blindly believing in the paranormal.

    5. "Selbst wenn man aus dem Bauch heraus reagiert, sollte man nicht vergessen, sein Gehirn einzuschalten."Ein sehr schönes Buch, das alltägliche und bekannte Phänomene auf faszinierende Weise zu entzaubern vermag. Für mich war einzig das Kapitel über den Sarg, der sich mit Wasser füllt, zu lang.

    6. CitationCharpak, G. Debunked! ESP, Telekinesis, and Other Pseudoscience Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004. Print.AudienceI would put this book into the hands of a student who is interested in the paranormal or magic. This book felt like a behind the scenes handbook into a magician or psychics world. Students who are always trying to figure out how people complete their tricks will be interested in reading this book as it gives insight into how to seemingly manipulate the world to y [...]

    7. I got this book on interlibrary loan. The author is a french physicist who won the Nobel Prize in 1992. The book is about paranormal phenomena. It examines closely such subjects as astrology, fire walking, metal bending, and seeing faces in common places. It discusses the probability of some extreme events, like getting 10 heads in a row. It even gives out some ideas for experiments you can do to explain some paranormal phenomena. The skewering of astrology is especially devastating. The book is [...]

    8. This book will work on your skeptical side. If you are sometimes interested in what does the horoscope says it will happen to you, this book will teach you some probabilistic calculus and some stratagems of the "psychics". It also deals with some centuries-old superstitions.

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