Exposed! Ouija, Firewalking, and Other Gibberish

ISBN-10: 0801892465

ISBN-13: 9780801892462

Edition: 2009

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Description: From horoscopes to telekinesis to the Shroud of Turin, much of what is popularly accepted as a mystical or paranormal phenomenon is, in fact, bunk. Henri Broch's charged deconstruction of these and other acts reveals the hucksterism of pseudoscience.Broch provides a scientific explanation for what many accept as supernatural or psychic. He explains how some tricks, such as bending silverware with the mind, actually work. He details plausible, scientifically grounded alternative explanations for others, such as dowsing, which is the practice of finding by nonscientific means hidden veins of water, gems, metals, and other materials under the earth. Broch's hands-on experiments demystify the mysterious and explain the inexplicable.Featuring a foreword by Nobel laureate Georges Charpak and translated from French by Bart K. Holland, this persuasively argued and firmly scientific book exposes some of history's most persistent and venerable bamboozling. Be forewarned, you may never be taken in again!

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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 7/14/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 168
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Georges Charpak is a member of the French Academie des Sciences & of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He has long worked at the European Center for Particle Physics (CERN) in Geneva. He received the 1992 Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of electronic detectors of ionizing particles, used widely in physics, industry, & biology. He lives in Paris, France, & in Geneva, Switzerland.

Foreword. Charlatanism or Science: Which Will Prevail?
Introduction
Dowsing
Sticks That Move on Their Own
Brilliant Waves
Unconscious Movements?
Dowsing and Waterwheels
Become Clairvoyant
Extrasensory Perception
Psychokinesis
Perception at a Distance
Hypnosis and Telepathy
Clairvoyance
Musculokinesis
How to Recognize Deceptive Techniques in Argument
The Circularity Technique
The Snowball Technique
The Escalation Technique
The "Little Streams" Effect
Accounting and Errors
Cast Your Horoscope
Quiet Please, Turning in Progress!
Serpentarius
Laplanders without Horoscopes?
Whom to Believe?
The Effects of Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and All the Rest
Double or Nothing
Miracle or Fraud?
Holy Hemoglobin!
A Do-It-Yourself Shroud of Turin
A 3-D Image
What If Jesus Wasn't Naked?
The Holy Shroud of Turin Is Not a Forgery
The Body of Christ
Made in France and Stolen from the Religious
Develop Your Powers
Glowing Embers Held in Bare Hands
The Uses of Short Arms
The Life Force Energy, Qi
Measuring the Vital Force
The Ouija Glass
Turn the Tables
Marvelous Mechanisms
Miraculous Vases
Better than The Da Vinci Code
More Mysteries
Place Your Bets
The Haunted House
The Dog Who Could Measure Distances
Initiated by a Tibetan Master
Conclusion
Index
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