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Did Adam and Eve have navels? : discourses on reflexology, numerology, urine therapy, and other dubious subjects

Author: Martin Gardner
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A witty critique of New Age beliefs and scientific fraud. Topics debunked include paranormal events, Freud's theory of dreams, shamanism and UFOs. As well as providing laughter for sceptics, the book will also give solace and inspiration to those who prize logic and common sense.
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Genre/Form: Miscellanea
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Gardner
ISBN: 0393049639 9780393049633
OCLC Number: 44076017
Description: xi, 333 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
pt. 1. Evolution vs. creationism --
[ch.] 1. Did Adam and Eve have navels? --
g [ch.] 2. Phillip Johnson on intelligent design --
pt. 2. Astronomy --
[ch.] 3. Near-earth objects : monsters of doom? --
[ch.] 4. The star of Bethlehem --
pt. 3. Physics --
[ch.] 5. The great egg-balancing mystery --
[ch.] 6. Zero-point energy and Harold Puthoff --
[ch.] 7. David Bohm : the guided wave --
pt. 4. Medical matters --
[ch.] 8. Reflexology : to stop a toothache, squeeze a toe! --
[ch.] 9. Urine therapy --
pt. 5. Psychology --
[ch.] 10. Freud's flawed theory of dreams --
[ch.] 11. Post-Freudian dream theory --
[ch.] 12. Jean Houston : New Age guru --
pt. 6. Social science --
[ch.] 13. Is cannibalism a myth? --
[ch.] 14. Alan Sokal's hilarious hoax --
[ch.] 15. The Internet : a world brain? --
[ch.] 16. Carlos Castaneda and New Age anthropology --
pt. 7. UFOs --
[ch.] 17. Claiborne Pell, senator from outer speace --
[ch.] 18. Courtney Brown's preposterous farsight --
[ch.] 19. Heaven's Gate : the UFO cult of Bo and Peep --
pt. 8. More fringe science --
[ch.] 20. Thomas Edison, paranormalist --
[ch.] 21. What's going on at Temple University --
pt. 9. Religion --
[ch.] 22. Isaac Newton, alchemist and fundamentalist --
[ch.] 23. Farrakhan, Cabala, Baha'i, and 19 --
[ch.] 24. The numerology of Dr. Khalifa --
[ch.] 25. The religious views of Stephen Jay Gould and Darwin --
[ch.] 26. The wandering Jew --
[ch.] 27. The second coming --
pt. 10. The last word --
[ch.] 28. Science and the unknowable.
Responsibility: Martin Gardner.

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A witty critique of New Age beliefs and scientific fraud. Topics debunked include paranormal events, Freud's theory of dreams, shamanism and UFOs. As well as providing laughter for sceptics, the book will also give solace and inspiration to those who prize logic and common sense.

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More humorous pseudoscience from Gardner

by vleighton (WorldCat user published 2006-12-31) Very Good Permalink
Yet another amusing collection of columns on pseudo-science from Martin Gardner. These essays were originally published as a column in the Skeptical Inquirer.In this collection, he investigates many of the typical cast of characters, from reflexology to creationism. He has an essay on Philip Johnson,...
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