Saturday, June 05, 2004

The Skeptic's Guide to the Paranormal
Author Lynne Kelly - ISBN: 1741140595

I just got my copy of this new book (June 2004) by Lynne Kelly, her PR blurb reports "Lynne Kelly has been teaching science, mathematics and computing for over 30 years. She holds degrees in engineering, education and computing and is well qualified to present clear, scientific explanations to claims of the paranormal which appear to defy the known laws of science." Great, but that does not make her a good author, believe me. For a teacher with a degree, I found her arguments poor and simple. In fact I was having trouble just keeping the book to my face, I lost interest very quickly. From my position it felt very odd, that a science teacher wanted to explain away these subjects, when she had a raft of other mysterious scientific topics to lean on or take from - has she another agenda? But one thing did shine through, Kelly does not know very much about these subject or anything related to strange phenomena and can I say sciences big trick the mysterious uncertainty principal - explain that one Lynne.

The books listed subject category is "Popular science", I can see why. When it come to any good arguments or research and dissection of any complex phenomena, and if you don't think these subject are complex then your not very informed, then you will love her romp through "lala land".

The PR cover reports this:

"A humorous debunking of 27 paranormal phenomena that appear to defy the laws of science - from walking over hot coals to spontaneous combustion - with rational explanations provided for each..."

"Lynne Kelly's Skeptic's Guide to the Paranormal is a lovely book. It covers a wide range of paranormal "mythconceptions" in an entertaining and comprehensive way. The fascinating topics include the Bermuda Triangle, UFOs, Astrology, Nostradamus and Spoon Bending. The Universe around us is magnificent enough to fill us with awe and wonder - and this book shows us that we don't have to rely on second-rate re-hashed myths."

Chapter 17 UFO encounters of the first kind-sightings
Chapter 18 UFO encounters of the second kind-physical evidence
Chapter 19 UFO encounters of the third kind-alien contact
Chapter 20 Alien abductions

Go over and look at the book when your next in a local bookshop, but just leave it there, find something more challenging. I would say in about three months you will get it on sale for $5.

Sorry Lynne next time find out more about the subject before you try and write about them. So what is my view... well 250 pages of rubbish!

Stars ----- (nil)

Author Lynne Kelly - ISBN: 1741140595 - Imprint: Allen & Unwin
ED: June 2004 - Ch 27 - 250 pages - Publisher: Allen & Unwin (Australia) Pty Ltd - Online Price: $19.95

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