Signed copies of Scientifical Americans

Hi, everyone. I suspect this may be the first post of several to promote my new book, Scientifical Americans: The Culture of Amateur Paranormal Researchers, releasing in mid-November. If you like my work in publications, podcasts, and on the web, you will like this book, too. It’s being published by McFarland (softcover). Here’s the summary: In the 21st century, reality television and…

Un-phenomenal Phenomena (Book Review)

Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government’s Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis by Annie Jacobsen Phenomena is about the decades-long dance of the US military with the idea of anomalous mental phenomena and the psychics who say they have these skills. Much is made of the author, Jacobsen, being a Pulitzer prize nominee.…

A foray into psychical research and faith

Continuing on my quest to find clues to the Stone Tape idea, I was pointed to Shane Leslie’s Ghost Book of 1956. This prior to Lethbridge’s Ghost and Divining Rod (1961) which much more flamboyantly (and conceitedly) trots out the idea about emotional recording in mysterious “fields” to be played back later to a receptive…

Water Witching (Snippet book review)

Water Witching USA (1st edition, 1959) by Evon Z. Vogt and Ray Hyman I just finished this book as part of research for a post on Spooky Geology. It is readable, thorough and convincing. Get it if you have any interest in the art of dowsing. No, dowsing doesn’t actually find water any better than…

Monster tales of the southern swamps (Book Review)

Beyond Boggy Creek: In Search of the Southern Sasquatch, by Lyle Blackburn (2017) This is Blackburn’s third book in a semi-series of volumes on southern bipedal creatures. I reviewed the other two books as well: Chronicle of the Lizard Man (Book Review) Definitive guide to the Fouke monster – Beast of Boggy Creek (Book review)…

The State of the Science: Parapsychology (Book Review)

In October of last year I wrote a blog post about a review of a new parapsychology compendium. Finally, I’ve gotten to read the entire book referenced for myself, cover to cover, 400+ pages. Parapsychology: A Handbook for the 21st Century (2015) edited by Etzel Cardeña, John Palmer, David Marcusson-Clavertz It took about 7 weeks…

A Guide to Ghost Hunting Guidebooks: NO MORE! Please!

This might come as a shock to the millions of ghost enthusiasts out there: The scientific consensus is that ghosts are NOT spirits, remnants of the dead, recordings of energy, or supernatural entities. Our existing knowledge about nature does not point to a conclusion that ghosts are a single definable thing, paranormal or normal, that you…

Book Review: Dawkins’ Brief Candle

Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science by Richard Dawkins My rating: 4 of 5 stars I feel this book helped me understand Dawkins considerably more than I did previously. It also deepened my appreciation for him and his life’s work – in zoology, evolutionary biology, religion, philosophy, and science in society. There…

The stupidiocy of Ancient Aliens for kids

There are few good skeptical books for kids. But there are a shit-ton of terrible books promoting mystery and pseudoscientific nonsense aimed at kids or those getting started exploring a paranormal topic. I often peruse the 001 section of Juvenile Literature in the library. Mostly, I’m sickened. Occasionally, I’m surprised. There is a need for better…

Miscellaneous book review quickies Fall 2015

The Paranormal by Kenneth Partridge My rating: 1 of 5 stars Mostly poor choice of selections for this collection. It’s a book marketed to university libraries as a “resource” but not worth it. Teachers would do far better finding their own readings online. Paranormal Media by Annette Hill My rating: 2 of 5 stars Some…