Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction: Where Real Science Ends...and Pseudoscience Begins (2nd Revised edition)

ISBN : 9780190620295

Charles M. Wynn; Arthur W. Wiggins; Sidney Harris
208 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Jan 2017
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Get the straight, scientific story on things like astrology, ghosts, spontaneous human combustion, psychic surgery, and ESP. You hear about these fantastic happenings every day on television and in the supermarket tabloids. Is any of this true or are they making it all up? While many people tune in just for laughs, plenty of readers believe their outrageous claims - often because they simply don't have a clear notion of what science really is. So how do you figure out what constitutes real science and what is nonsense? "Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction" carefully deconstructs five examples of pseudoscience - UFOs, out-of-body experiences, astrology, creationism, and ESP - and gives easy recipes to test other dubious notions so that you can tell what lies in the realm of real science and what more properly deserves the tag of pseudoscience. This second edition of "Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction" will include a brand new chapter on alternative medicine, up-to-date links for reliable skeptical websites, organizations and meetings, and a fully updated additional reading section.


Preface to the Second Edition
1. The Road to Reality: Scientific Method
2. Scientific Reasoning in Action
3. The Road to Reality Versus the Road to Illusion
4. UFOs and the Extraterrestrial Life Hypothesis
5. Out-of-Body Experiences and Entities
6. The Astrology Hypothesis
7. The Creationism Hypothesis
8. Normal Sensory Perception, Extrasensory Perception, and Psychokinesis
9. Alternatives to Medicine
10. Reflections on the Scientific Approach to Reality
Additional Reading
Educational Modules

About the author: 

Charles M. Wynn, Sr., received his PhD in Chemistry from University of Michigan. He is a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Eastern Connecticut State University.; Arthur W. Wiggins graduated from the University of Notre Dame and then attended the University of Michigan, where he received an M.S. in physics. He is currently a Professor of Physics at Oakland Community College in Farmington Hills, MI.; Sidney Harris is America's premier science cartoonist (Issac Asimov). He attended Brooklyn College and the Art Students League of New York. He has published more than 600 cartoons in American Scientist and his cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker.

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