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By Joe Nickell

Tales of alien abductions, fantastic relics, and haunted castles have attracted believers and skeptics around the globe for hundreds of years. Paranormal investigator Joe Nickell tackles the world's such a lot doubtless inexplicable myths in Adventures in Paranormal Investigation.

With 4 a long time of expertise within the box, Nickell employs skepticism and clinical research to drag fact from the mires of fake facts and trickery that encompass either previous and new legends and mysteries. not like authors who have interaction in hype and sensationalism which will foster or debunk myths, Nickell techniques each one case with a rational and clinical technique meant to discover the reality. Occam's Razor -- all issues being equivalent, the easiest answer is the simplest one -- is a primary software in his investigative toolbox, in addition to the idea that it's the claimant's accountability to supply the intense evidence required in such impressive cases.

Adventures in Paranormal research gains Nickell's on-site explorations in strange phenomena. one of the 40 targeted situations, Nickell examines mysteries starting from snake charmers who purport to carry impression over the reptiles, to the Holocaust sufferers who reportedly hang-out a fuel chamber in Dachau, to Lake Simcoe's resident lake monster Igopogo in Canada. as well as the case experiences, Nickell analyzes how the propensity to fantasize can have an effect on human perceptions of and trust in paranormal task and the way his own event with the magical used to be altered whilst instinct resulted in the invention of a daughter he didn't understand existed.

More than simply one other myth-busting textual content, Adventures in Paranormal research brings jointly cause and clinical analyses to provide an explanation for either the phenomena and the position of human conception therein, developing Nickell because the optimal paranormal investigator of our time.

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I once tested some gold dowsers in the Yukon Territory of Canada, site of the famed Klondike gold rush. Alas, they could not differentiate among gold nuggets, fool’s gold, chromium nuts and bolts, and empty boxes—although they tried to rationalize their failures (Nickell 1976). The well-established, scientific explanation for the movement of dowsing rods and pendulums is “the unwitting translation of thoughts into muscular action”—the same force responsible for various other phenomena such as automatic writing, table tipping, and the movement of a Ouija board’s planchette (Gardner 1957, 109).

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