Day 223 — Book Resource The Skeptic’s Guide to the Paranormal

The Skeptic’s Guide to the Paranormal is the book that I’d recommend for a younger audience as one of the best reference texts on paranormal claims. Lynne Kelly’s analysis of over two dozen popular claims of otherworld and extraordinary events, such as the Bermuda Triangle, firewalking and dowsing are great examples of how to tackle ‘unsinkable rubber ducks’ that are constantly touted as mythconceptions.

The essays are conversational, well referenced and has the non-judgmental attitude of how the weight of history and popular belief can lead us to consider claims such as spontaneous human combustion as credible. As an introductory text, I’ve always considered The Skeptic’s Guide to the Paranormal to be aimed at the teen market due to its straightforward reference style, but it’s an excellent addition to a collection for anyone building a skeptical library.

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