• Beyond Belief

Beyond Belief

Beyond Belief

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  • Author
    Martin Bridgstock
  • Publisher
    Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date
    31 December 1969

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Book Detail

  • Book Title

    Beyond Belief

  • Author

    Martin Bridgstock

  • Date Published

    31 December 1969

  • Publisher

    Cambridge University Press

  • Pages

    2009-10-20 pages

  • ISBN

Book Description

Whether ghosts, astrology or ESP, up to 80 per cent of the population believes in one or more aspects of the paranormal. Such beliefs are entertaining, and it is tempting to think of them as harmless. However, there is mounting evidence that paranormal beliefs can be dangerous - cases of children dying because parents rejected orthodox medicine in favour of alternative remedies, and 'psychics' who trade on the grief of the bereaved for personal profit and gain. Expenditure on the paranormal runs into billions of dollars each year. In Beyond Belief: Skepticism, Science and the Paranormal Martin Bridgstock provides an integrated understanding of what an evidence-based approach to the paranormal - a skeptical approach - involves, and why it is necessary. Bridgstock does not set out to show that all paranormal claims are necessarily false, but he does suggest that we all need the analytical ability and critical thinking skills to seek and assess the evidence for paranormal claims.

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