Terence Hines is professor of psychology at Pace University and author of Pseudoscience and the Paranormal. He is a Committee for Skeptical Inquiry Fellow.
In cryptozoological terms, the Jersey Devil doesn’t have the cachet of the Loch Ness monster, Bigfoot, or even the chupacabra.
What might work? Certainly being violent back won’t help — it will just egg the racists on.
The Interplay of Science Fiction and Pseudoscience
Houdini’s Remarkable Female Detective
Houdini’s ‘Girl Detective’: The Real-Life Ghost-Busting Adventures of Rose Mackenburg Compiled and Introduced by Tony Wolf
Geoffrey Kabat debunks elusive health risks in his new book.
Review of The Horse That Won’t Go Away: Clever Hans, Facilitated Communication, and the Need for Clear Thinking by Thomas E. Heinzen, Scott O. Lilienfeld, and Susan A. Nolan
A review of The Untold Story of Champ: A Social History of America’s Loch Ness Monster, by Robert E. Bartholomew.
The Brain and Religious Belief: Analysis Disappoints
A review of The Believer’s Brain, by Kenneth M. Heilman and Russell S. Donda
The intent of Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s Bite is to provide scientific explanations for various monsters found in historical legend and literature up through the monsters of today as seen, mostly, in film. Had Kaplan succeeded in this task, he would have produced an exciting and interesting book.
Solving a Mysterious Event from Long Ago
The Devil of Great Island : Witchcraft and Conflict in Early New England by Emerson W. Baker.
Hyping Health Risks: Environmental Hazards in Daily Life and the Science of Epidemiology. by Geoffrey C. Kabat
Can patients predict their own deaths using some fancy type of "insight" that is more accurate than the expertise of physicians?
In a 2007 SI, Efthimiou and Gandhi agrgued that Haitian voodoo witch doctors create real zombies by using tetrodoxin.
The Ill Effects of the Self-help Movement
Reviews of books by Steve Salerno and Christina Hoff Sommers
Alien Abduction Analysis
Review of Abducted: How People Come to Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens. By Susan A. Clancy.
Review of the book by Susan A. Clancy
The Mary Celeste: A Very Plausible Explanation
Review of Ghost Ship: The Mysterious True Story of the Mary Celeste and her Missing Crew. By Brian Hicks.
The planet Vulcan? Hey, wasn't that just a made-up planet Gene Roddenberry created for Star Trek?
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