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The Science of Ghosts: Searching for Spirits of the Dead

by Joe Nickell

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This book is just plain old-fashioned fun. The author is a professional investigator for the Committee for Scientific Inquiry, and he has visited haunted sites all over the world. This is a whirlwind tour of ghosts and haunted houses, complete with rational explanations, but not in a dogmatic way. The author approaches ghost investigations with an idea in mind what would be needed to convince him, rather than assuming right out that there is no possibility. In spite of that, he is aware that the current state of scientific knowledge makes ghosts nearly impossible. The chapters are short and highly readable; the only complaint is that there isn't enough detail on some of the investigations. It would be great to know more about some of the most intriguing of the sites; fortunately, the author provides a bibliography that can assist in that goal. ( )
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Are ghosts real? Are there truly haunted places, only haunted people, or both? And how can we know? Taking neither a credulous nor a dismissive approach, this first-of-its-kind book solves those perplexing mysteries and more--even answering the question of why we care so very much.

Putting aside purely romantic tales, this book examines the actual evidence for ghosts--from eyewitness accounts to mediumistic productions (such as diaphanous forms materializing in dim light), spirit photographs, ghost-detection phenomena, and even CSI-type trace evidence. Offering numerous exciting case studies, this book engages in serious investigation rather than breathless mystifying. Pseudoscience, folk legends, and outright hoaxes are challenged and exposed, while the historical, cultural, and scientific aspects of ghost experiences and haunting reports are carefully explored.

The author--the world's only professional paranormal investigator--brings his skills as a stage magician, private detective, folklorist, and forensic science writer to bear on a topic that demands serious study.
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Are ghosts real? Are there truly haunted places, only haunted people, or both? And how can we know? Taking neither a credulous nor a dismissive approach, this first-of-its-kind book solves those perplexing mysteries and more.even answering the question of why we care so very much.… (more)

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