Skeptical minds want to know....
The James Randi Educational Foundation has just announced that the entire text of An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural has been made available online. In it, Mr. Randi debunks some of the most popular and entertaining forms of quackery.
The encyclopedia takes us from Abaris to Zombie. Abaris, for those unfamiliar with him, was a magician from an ancient culture near the
As Mr. Randi writes:
At this writing, quackery is becoming more and more popular worldwide, particularly in the
Whenever we hear something that sounds too good — or too scarily bad — to be true, it’s time to put on our critical thinking caps and look at the science. This resource can be a good primer to learn the typical mischievious tricks and claims seen among the wackiest stuff.
And when the doom and gloom of the scare mongers becomes overwhelming and you’re tempted to believe that the end of the world is near, then you’ll want to check out the Forty-Four End-of-the-World Prophecies that, luckily for us, failed.
Happy weekend reading!