Pseudoscience: A Critical Encyclopedia

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More than just a collection of factual entries, this rich resource explores the difference between scientific and pseudoscientific pursuits in a way that spurs readers to ask questions and formulate answers.


· 124 entries, from alchemy and alien abductions to yetis and zombies, that continually focus readers on the true nature of legitimate scientific methods and findings

· An introductory essay, drawing on the work of genuine historians and philosophers of science, offering guidelines for assessing topics in pseudoscience

· 40 original line drawings created specifically for this reference, depicting key individuals, creatures, artifacts, and more

· An extensive bibliography of current and classic works on the full range of pseudoscience topics covered in this volume

· An index that makes it easy to locate specific topics, terms, names, and ideas

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Turning metals into gold. Reading head bumps for personality clues. Finding water in the ground with a stick. At some point, all of these were considered legitimate scientific practices. But efforts to pass similar activities off as genuinely scientific are by no means confined to a less enlightened age. From homeopathy to UFO hunting to Creationism, the practice of stamping unscientific activities with the imprimatur of science is alive and well today.

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Brian Regal is assistant professor of the history of science at Kean University, Union, NJ.

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