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Author: Paul Kurtz
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2001.
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Issued on the 25th anniversary of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP), this book brings together personal statements by the leading skeptics of the world. CSICOP, the first major organization of skeptics on the contemporary scene, is worldwide in scope and is dedicated to the skeptical evaluation of both paranormal and religious claims in the light of scientific  Read more...
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Skeptical odysseys.
Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2001
(OCoLC)606660397
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Kurtz
ISBN: 1573928844 9781573928847
OCLC Number: 45821233
Description: 430 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: The founding of the skeptical movement / Paul Kurtz --
Twenty-five years of CSICOP (From the editor's seat : thoughts on science and skepticism at the dawn of the twenty-first century / Kendrick Frazier --
Science vs. pseudoscience, nonscience, and nonsense / James Alcock --
Never a dull moment / Barry Karr --
The origins and evolution of SCICOP : science is too important to be left to scientists / Lee Nisbet --
My personal involvement : a quarter century of skeptical inquiry / Paul Kurtz) --
Parapsychology (Why I have given up / Susan Blackmore --
The magician and the think tank / Leon Jaroff --
From fate to skeptical inquirer / Barry L. Beyerstein) UFOs (UFOs : an innocent myth turned evil / Philip J. Klass --
The odyssey of a UFO skeptic / Robert Sheaffer --
Roswell alien descendants come of age / Bill Nye --
Metamorphosis : a life's journey from "Believer" to "Skeptic" / Gary P. Posner) Astronomy and the space age (Killer-commets, pseudocosmogony, and little green men / David Morrison --
Certain uncertainties / Neil deGrasse Tyson) --
Astrology (Does astrology work? Astrology and skepticism, 1975-2000 / Geoffrey Dean and Ivan W. Kelly --
The battle again pseudoscience : the case of astrology / Jean-Claude Pecker) --
Popular investigations (Adventures of a paranormal investigator/ Joe Nickell --
Diary of a Canadian debunker / Henry Gordon) --
Creationism (My favorite pseudoscience) / Eugenie Scott --
Alternative medicine ("Alternative medicine" : how it demonstrates characteristics of pseudoscience, cult, and confidence game / Wallace Sampson) Skepticism around the world (A dozen years of Dutch skepticism / Cornelis de Jager and Jan Willem Nienbuys --
A new hope : from a good idea to real change / Massimo Polidoro --
A skeptic in a strange land / Mario Mendez-Acosta --
Skepticism in Russia : past and present / Valerii A. Kuvakin --
Liberation from the dark dungeons of blind belief / Sanal Edamaruku --
Scientists, educators, and journalists against the demon's temptation / Luis Alfonso Gamez) Some personal reflections (Skepticism and science / Vern L. Bullough --
Let us reflect : how a thoughtful, inquiring watchman provided a mark to aim at / Michael Shermer --
The importance of skepticism / Steve Allen --
When corporations embraced "transformational technologies" / Bela Schreiber) --
Religion (Confessions of a skeptic / Martin Gardner --
The breath of God : identifying spiritual energy / Victor J. Stenger --
Skepticism about religion / Antony Flew --
Beyond the Bible code : hidden messages everywhere! / David E. Thomas)
Responsibility: edited by Paul Kurtz.

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