Bibliography for seminar: "Science and Pseudoscience"

Compiled by Donald Simanek

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Ligatures are shown as two characters. Where I know that a book is in the LHU or PSU library, I have given its call number in curly brackets. Listing here implies no endorsement of quality or reliability, though I include brief comments to give the reader a clue to the contents and purpose of some of these books. These comments contain my usual biases.


Aaseng, Nathan. Science Versus Pseudoscience. Franklin Watts, 1994.

Alleau, René. History of Occult Sciences. (Series: The New Illustrated History of Science and Invention.) Leisure Arts Limited Publishers, London. No date appears, but probably 1960s.

Andreae, Christine. Seances & Spiritualists. Lippincott, 1974.

Arons, Arnold B. and A. M. Bork. Science & Ideas, Selected Readings. Prentice-Hall, 1964.

Balsiger, Dave and Charles E. Sellier, Jr. In Search of Noah's Ark. Sun Classic Books, 1976. This is the paperback of the movie by Sun Classic Pictures, a company notorious for semi-slick movies aimed at credulous and gullible audiences.

Barclay, David and Therese Marie Barclay, eds. UFOs, The Final Answer? Blandford, 1993. Cover: "UFOlogy for the 21st Century." This is a collection of serious essays spanning a wide spectrum of interpretations of the UFO `phenomenon'.

Bardens, Dennis Mysterious Worlds. Cowles, 1970. A personal investigation of the weird, the uncanny, and the unexplained.

Bell, Robert. Impure Science. Wiley 1992. {Q175.37.B45 1992 LHU}

ben Abraham, Kent Robertson. New Gravity. Bozo Faust, 1975. It's hard to tell whether this is vintage kookery, or a parody of kookery. Is it the product of a mind warped by too many physics lectures? Was the author miffed because the Gravity Research Foundation didn't grant him its annual prize? Was he `high' on something when he wrote this? The title page claims: Gravity is the 4th dimension, electricity is the 5th dimension, and magnetism is the 6th dimension.

Benavides, Rodolfo. Dramatic Prophecies of the Great Pyramid. Editores Mexicanos Unidos. S. A., 1961. Pyramidology is alive and well in Mexico and Central and South America.

Berlitz, Charles. The Bermuda Triangle. Doubleday, 1974. This best-seller made the Bermuda Triangle a household word. See Kusche, Lawrence for the antidote to this nonsense.

Bernard, Raymond. The Hollow Earth, the Greatest Geographical Discovery in History. University Books, 1969. Bell, 1979. {QE509.B47 1969}

Bonfanti, Leo. The Witchcraft Hysteria of 1692. Pride Publications, 1971. (New England Historical Series.)

Brandon, Ruth. The Spiritualists. Knopf, 1983. From the cover: The passion for the occult in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Broad, William & Nicholas Wade. Betrayers of the Truth; Fraud and Deceit in the Halls of Science. Touchstone, 1982.

Brown, Rosemary. Unfinished Symphonies, Voices from the Beyond. Morrow, 1971. From the dust jacket: "Rosemary Brown...explains how she communicates with the great composers of the past: Liszt, Chopin, Mozart, Bach and others, and is given their new compositions. There is also an LP recording of these spirited compositions.

Burkhardt, Titus. Alchemy, science of the cosmos, science of the soul. Published in German as Alchemie in 1960. English translation published by Vincent Stuart and John M. Watkins, Ltd., 1967.

Burlingame, Roger. Scientists Behind the Inventors. Avon, 1960

Caldwell, Taylor, with Jess Stearn. The Romance of Atlantis. c. 1975 by Taylor Caldwell and Jess Stearn. Fawcett, 1976. A novel based on the Atlantis myth.

Carroll, David. The Magic Makers, Magic and Sorcery Through the Ages. Arbor House, c. 1974 by David Carroll. Signet, 1975.

Cazeau, Charles J. and Stuart D. Scott, Jr. Exploring the Unknown, Great Mysteries Reexamined. Plenum, 1979. Topics: Ancient astronauts, stone monuments, marine mysteries, monsters, stars, and catastrophists.

Cavendish, Richard. A History of Magic. c. Richard Cavendish, 1987. The history of magic and Western civilization.

Charroux, Robert. Forgotten Worlds, Editions Robert Laffont, 1971. English translation copyright 1973 by Walker and Company. From the dust jacket: "Scientific secrets of the ancients and their warning for our time." Sufficient warning.

Christopher, Milbourne. ESP, Seers & Psychics, what the occult really is. Crowell, 1970. Astrology, ESP, ESP in animals, predicting the future, thought reading, dowsing, poltergeists, haunted houses, the great mediums, fire walking. From the perspective of a knowledgeable magician.

Christopher, Milbourne. Mediums, Mystics & the Occult. Crowell, 1975. A follow-up to Christopher's 1970 book, looking at Uri Geller, Arthur Ford, Edgar Mitchell, psychic surgery, Peter Hurkos, eyeless vision, Ted Serios, Eastern mystics, Margery and Houdini, search for a soul.

Christopher, Milbourne. Search for the Soul. Crowell, 1979. The third, and probably last, of Christopher's series on allegedly occult phenomena.

Cohen, Daniel. Superstition, a creative understanding book. Creative Education Press, 1971. Daniel Cohen is a prolific author on the occult and strange, most of his output (like this one) is aimed at younger readers. Cohen does his homework and source research, and is an excellent writer. Most of his books avoid taking a stand for or against fringe explanations of strange phenomena, but he does, at least, give a fair hearing to the skeptical point of view. My personal feeling is that he's reluctant to take a thoroughly skeptical and debunking stance, knowing it would jeopardize sales of his books.

Cohen, Daniel. Real Ghosts. Pocket Books, 1977.

Cohen, Daniel. Myths of the Space Age. Dodd, Mead & Co. 1965. {x}

Cohen, Daniel. The World's Most Famous Ghosts. Pocket Books, 1978.

Cohen, Daniel. The Greatest Monsters in the World. Dodd, Mead, 1975.

Cohen, Daniel. How the World Will End. McGraw-Hill, 1973.

Cohen, Daniel. ESP, the Search Beyond the Senses. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1973.

Cohen, Daniel. Waiting for the Apocalypse. Prometheus, 1973. Revised version of How the World Will End.

Cohen, Daniel. Curses, Hexes, & Spells. Lippincott, 1974.

Cohen, Daniel, Monsters, Giants and Little Men from Mars, an unnatural history of the Americas. Doubleday, 1975

Cohen, Daniel. A Modern Look at Monsters. Dodd, Mead, 1970.

Cohen, Daniel. Magicians, Wizards, & Sorcerers. Lippincott, 1973.

Cohen, Daniel. Ceremonial Magic. Four Winds Press, 1979.

Cohen, Daniel. A Natural History of Unnatural Things. McCall Pub. Co., 1971.

Cohen, Daniel. Ancient Visitors. Doubleday, 1976. From the cover: "Have creatures from other planets ever landed on earth?"

Cohen, Daniel. Lost Worlds. Belmont Tower Books, 1969.

Condon, Edward U. Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects. Report commissioned by the U. S. Air Force. Introduction by Walter Sullivan. Bantam Books, 1969. This book is much-maligned in the community of UFO believers as a monumental-scale government cover-up. Such a fate awaits any government study, no matter how well done, be it of the Kennedy assassination, or the famous pornography study of the Nixon era. {TL789.U56}

Corliss, William R. Handbook of Unusual Natural Phenomena, eyewitness accounts of nature's greatest mysteries. Corliss, in a Fortean spirit, collects documentation on unusual phenomena, and has headed `The Sourcebook Project' which publishes these. {QE53.C67}

Corliss, William R., compiler. Strange Universe, a sourcebook of curious astronomical observations. The Sourcebook Project, 1975.

Corliss, William R. Strange Artifacts: a Sourcebook. {GN741.C58} Corliss, William R. Teleportors and Human Augmentation. {Tj211.J62} Corliss, William R. Direct Conversion of Energy.{TK2896.C6} Corliss, William R. Nuclear Propulsion for Space. {TL783.5.C62} Corliss, William R. Space Probes and Planetary Exploration. {TL790.C64} Corliss, William R. Power Reactors in Small Packages. {TK1078.C6}

Cossgrove, C. Burton. Fantasy in Flight, Man's Early Attempts to Fly 1500 BC to 1900 AD. c. 1974 by D. D. Hatfield. Aviation Book Company, 555 W. Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale, CA 91202.

Cromer, Alan. Uncommon Sense, The Heretical Nature of Science. Oxford University Press, 1993.

Davison, Ronald C. Astrology. Arco, 1973. How to cast your own horoscope.

deCamp, L. Sprague. Lost Continents, the Atlantis Theme, Ballantine, 1975.

deCamp, L. Sprague. The Ancient Engineers, Dorset, 1963, 1990, Ballantine, 1974.

deCamp, L. Sprague and Catherine C. deCamp. Citadels of Mystery, Ballantine, 1962. Formerly titled: Ancient Ruins and Archaeology.

deCamp, L. Sprague and Willy Ley. Lands Beyond, Rinehart, 1952.

Deutsch, Ronald M. The Nuts Among the Berries, an exposé of America's food fads. c. 1961 by Ronald M. Deutsch. Ballantine paperback, 1961.

Deutsch, Ronald M. The New Nuts Among the Berries, how nutrition nonsense captured America. Bell, 1977.

Dewdney, A. K. 200% of Nothing. Wiley 1993. From the dust jacket: From "Percentage Pumping" to "Irrational Ratios". An eye-opening tour through the twists and turns of Math Abuse and Innumeracy.

Donovan, Frank. Never On A Broomstick. Bell, 1971. From the dust jacket: "The true story of the faith, mystery, and magic of WITCHCRAFT classical and contemporary."

Ebon, Martin. Maharishi, The Guru. New American Library, 1968.

Edwards, Frank. Stranger than Science. Lyle Stuart, 1959.

Edwards, Frank. Strangest of All. Lyle Stuart, ?.

Edwards, Frank. Strange People. Lyle Stuart, 1961.

Edwards, I. E. S. The Pyramids of Egypt. Viking Press, 1961.

Evans, Bergen. The Natural History of Nonsense. Knop f, 1 946. Evans was a publisher, editor, writer, and radio/TV personality.

Evans, Bergen. The Spoor of Spooks and other Nonsense. Knopf, 1946.

Evans, Christopher. Cults of Unreason, Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 1973.

Evans, Hilary. Intrusions, Society and the Paranormal. Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1982. Mostly about the history of spiritualism.

Fair, Charles. The New Nonsense, the end of the rational consensus. Simon and Schuster, 1974. Fair, author of From the Jaws of Victory, discusses UFOs, ESP, psi phenomena, Velikovsky and other current mania, and ponders what it means. What connection, if any, does this have with the revolutionary spirit of our age. Fair's book wasn't well promoted by his publisher and is hard to find. Fortunately I have a copy (autographed). Charles has an interesting career, having been an editor, computer- company executive, scriptwriter/narrator, and medical researcher. In 1963 he was a Guggenheim Fellow to UCLA's brain research institute, and then became a Resident Scientist with MIT's Neurosciences Research Program, one of the few to have held appointment there without a degree. His light verse has been published in The New Yorker.

Fairley, John & Simon Welfare. Arthur C. Clarke's World of Strange Powers. Collins, 1984. Based on Arthur C. Clarke's television series of the same name.

Fakhry, Ahmed. The Pyramids. The University of Chicago Press, 1961. {DT63.F3}

Farrington, Elijah (pseud.). Revelations of A Spirit Medium. Kegan, Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., 1922. Facimile Edition with notes, bibliography, glossary and index, by Harry Price and Eric J. Dingwall.

Federmann, Reinhard. The Royal Art of Alchemy. Chilton, 1964, 1969. {QD13.F3513}

Festinger, Leon, Henry W. Reicken, Stanley Schacter. When Prophecy Fails. c. 1956, University of Minnesota. Harper, 1964. A study of a small group of people who believe they have been forewarned of the impending end of the world, using the participant-observer method (researchers infiltrated the group). This deserves to be a classic in the psychology/sociology of a cult of believers. {BF1809.F4}

Fiske, John. A Century of Science. Houghton, Mifflin and Co., 1899. The last chapter, XIV, titled "Some Cranks and their Crochets" is a classic look at kooks and pseudoscientific ideas.

Florman, Samuel C. Blaming Technology, the irrational search for scapegoats. St. Martin's Press, 1981. {T49.5.F56 LHU}

Frazier, Kendrick, ed. Paranormal Borderlands of Science. Prometheus, 1981.

Forrest, Bob. Velikovsky's Sources. Six parts, plus a notes and index volume, mimeographed. Bob Forrest, 1981. Scientists were quick to point out that Velikovsky's scientific understanding was wrong, but assumed he'd gotten the historical facts right (since Velikovsky claimed credentials as an historian). Bob Forrest took a critical look at all of Velikovsky's cited historical sources, and other related historical information, and showed that in every case Velikovsky's use of the sources was misrepresented, misunderstood, or irrelevant.

Fort, Charles. The Book of the Damned. Boni and Liveright, 1919.

Fort, Charles. New Lands. Boni and Liveright, 1923.

Fort, Charles. Lo! Claude Kendall, 1931.

Fort, Charles. Wild Talents. Charles Fort, 1932.

Franco, Barbara. The Cardiff Giant, a Hundred Year Old Hoax. The new York State Historical Association, Cooperstown, New York. 1969. (Reprinted from New York History, October 1969, p. 420-440.

"The Fringes of Reason, strange myths and eccentric science." Whole Earth Review, 52 (Fall 1986)

Furneaux, Rupert. Ancient Mysteries. Rupert Furneaux, 1977. Mc-Graw-Hill, 1978. From the dust jacket: "Science goes in search of the intriguing enigmas of our planet's secret history!"

Gadd, Laurence D. The Second Book of the Strange. World Almanac Publications, 1981.

The Editors of the World Almanac. The World Almanac Book of the Strange. New American Library, 1977.

Gallant, Roy A. Astrology, Sense or Nonsense? Doubleday, 1974.

Gallant, Roy A. Beyond Earth, The Search for Extraterrestrial Life. Four Winds Press, 1977.

Gardner, Martin. Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science, Dover, 1957. {Q173.G35}

Gardner, Martin. Science: Good, Bad, and Bogus. Prometheus, 1981. Avon paperback. A sequel to Fads and Fallacies, made up of previously published essays. {Q173.G36}

Gardner, Martin. The New Age, Notes of a Fringe Watcher. Prometheus, 1988. A sequel to Fads and Fallacies, made up of previously published essays.

Gardner, Martin. The Night Is Large, Collected Essays, 1938-1995. St Martins Griffin, 1996.

Gauguelin, Michel. Cosmic Influences on Human Behavior, the planetary factors in personality. ASI Publishers, 1973. This is the book which stirred a revival of interest in astrology, even though its conclusion was clearly that traditional astrology was bunk, yet there still might be some small cosmic influences on humans (The `Mars effect')

Gauguelin, Michel. The Scientific Basis of Astrology, myth or reality. Stein and Day, 1969. Translation of L'astrologie devant la science, Editions Plante, 1966

Godwin, John. This Baffling World. Hart, 1968. From the dust cover: "A Documented account of the greatest puzzlements of all time"unexplained natural phenomena, historical happenings that still mystify, and people of extraordinary talents which defy comprehension." A semi-critical look at: the Oak Island enigma, Devonshire devil, things in the sky, the man in the iron mask, fire walking, the Mary Celeste mystery, ESP, Bermuda Triangle, prophets, the abominable snowman, Kaspar Hauser, eyeless seers.

Godwin, John. Occult America. Doubleday, 1972. From the dust jacket: "The first definitive investigation into the motives and personalities behind America's quest for mysticism."

Goldsmith, Donald, ed. Scientists Confront Velikovsky. Cornell University Press, 1977.

Goodavage, Joseph F. Astrology: The Space Age Science. c. 1966 by Joseph F. Goodavage. Signet paperback, 1967.

Goran, Morris. Fact, Fraud, and Fantasy, The Occult and Pseudosciences. Barnes, 1979. Phrenology, Pyramidology, Palmistry, Numerology, I Ching, Tarot Cards, Astrology, Biorhythm, Alchemy, Donelly, Hörbiger, Fort, Velikovsky, von Däniken, Dowsers, Medical Boxes, Kirlian Photography, Scientology, Witchcraft, Magic, Mesmerism and Hypnotism, Psychic Healing, Spiritualism, Clairvoyance, Precognition, Telepathy, Psychokinesis, Futurists, Detection. Could anyone ask for more? Goran has other books: Science and Anti-Science, The Modern Myth: Ancient Astronauts and UFOs.

Gornick, Vivian. Women in Science, 100 Journeys Into The Territory. Touchstone 1983, 1990. From the cover: "Women Scientists in all their variety and in the prime of life, fiercely forging connections between their work, their gender, feminism, and the future."

Gould, Rupert T. Oddities, A Book of Unexplained Facts. University Books, 1965. Bell reprint. Gould is a rarity: a highly literate chronicler of mysteries and oddities. In this volume he tells the stories of the Devonshire Devil, the moving coffins in the vault at Barbados, Orffyreus' wheel, Mersenne's numbers, the planet Vulcan, the ships seen on the ice, the Berbalangs of Cagayan Sulu, the Auroras, Crosse's Acari, the Wizard of Mauritius, the prophecies of Nostradamus.

Gould, Rupert T. Enigmas, Another Book of Unexplained Facts. University Books, 1965. Includes the landfall of Columbus, the Barisal guns, the cry of Memnon, last of the alchemists, the longevity of Old Parr, canals of Mars, Parry's cannon, case of Abraham Thornton, the tragedy of H.M.S. Victoria, bealing bells, giants of Patagonia.

Gould, Rupert T. More Oddities and Enigmas. University Books, 1973. The Indian rope trick, the devil's hoofmarks, the Mary Celeste Mystery, the canals of Mars, the Siberian Meteorite, seven famous hoaxes, sea serpents, the man in the iron mask, and others.

Greenberg, Lewis M. and Warner B. Sizemore, eds. Velikovsky and Establishment Science. Kronos Press, 1977.

Greene, Jay E. 100 Great Scientists. Washington Square Press, 1964.

Gribbin, John R. and Stephen H. Plagemann. The Jupiter Effect Reconsidered. In 1974 these two authors published The Jupiter Effect, predicting widespread seismic activity on earth, and violent earthquakes on the San Andreas Fault during a period of solar activity to happen in 1982, triggered by effects of planetary alignment including the planet Jupiter. It didn't happen, and in this re-issue, they try to rationalize why.

Griffin, William, Ed. Endtime, The Doomsday Catalog. Macmillan, 1979. What writers and illustrators say about living and dying. Everything you wanted to know about death, dying, heaven, hell, and the afterlife, presented with scholarly erudition and a sense of humor.

Grim, Patrick, ed. Philosophy of Science and the Occult. State University of New York Press, 1982.

Haines, Richard F. Observing UFOs. Nelson-Hall, 1980. From the dust jacket: "A comprehensive, scholarly presentation of the perceptual problems involved in separating UFO fact from fancy. Highly recommended for the serious UFO investigator" "J. Allen Hynek, Center for UFO Studies, Evanston, Illinois.

Hale, William Kenderick. Rod of Iron. Hale Research Foundation, 1954. This is an incredible example of writing by a certified kook, the most elaborate example of this genre I have ever seen. Each page is hand-drawn, with text hand-lettered. It mixes numerology, religion, and a thoroughly pathological view of the world. The author thinks he is the reincarnation of Christ. I have only volume 1 of this (found at a used-book sale) and would love to see volume 2 some time, to complete my education in weirdness.

Happold, F. C. Mysticism, a Study and an Anthology. Penguin Books, 1963, 1970.

Hawkins, Gerald S. Stonehenge Decoded. Doubleday, 1965.

Hawkins, Gerald S. Beyond Stonehenge. Harper & Row, 1973.

Hazen, Robert M. and James Trefil. Science Matters. Doubleday, 1991. From the cover: From plate tectonics to leptons to the first living cell, now you can understand the simple science behind our complex world.

Herring, Daniel W. Foibles and Fallacies of Science, an account of celebrated scientific vagaries, Van Nostrand, 1924. A classic, covering astrology, almanacs, alchemy, perpetual motion, divination, geographic mania, hoaxes, prophesies, charlatanism, radiation.

Hitching, Francis. The Mysterious World, an atlas of the unexplained. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1978. Another coffee-table book of Fortean phenomena, but this is more complete and balanced than most, and includes a detailed bibliography.

Hitching, Francis. Earth Magic. William Morrow and Co., Inc., 1977. From the dust jacket: "The astounding mystery of the greatest of all lost civilizations." It's about Stonehenge.

Hopkins, Matthew. The Discovery of Witches. London, 1647. From the title page: In Answer to severall Queries lately Delivered to the Judges of Assize for the County of Norfolk. And now published By Matthew Hopkins, Witch-finder for The Benefit of the whole Kingdome.

Horwitz, Ellnor Lander. Madness, Magic, and Medicine, The Treatment and Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill. Lippincott, 1977.

Hendry, Alan. The UFO Handbook, a guide to investigating, evaluating and reporting UFO sightings. Foreword by J. Allen Hynek. Doubleday, 1979. Chapter 8 "The IFO Message" addresses witness unreliability in IFO cases, and shows that we have no reason to believe that UFO witnesses are any more reliable than that. This is the one book on UFOs to read if you read no others.

Hoyle, Fred and N. Chandra Wiskramasinghe. Diseases from Space. Harper & Row, 1979. Even a good scientist can sometimes promote shaky hypotheses beyond their merits.

Hubbard, L. Ron. Dianetics, the evolution of a science. Church of Scientology, 1950. Science-fiction writer Hubbard turned his talents to founding a religion: Scientology. The tenets of this 'religion' defy understanding by rational minds, and the tactics of the church have become outright intimidation of critics, and of ex-members.

Huber, Peter W. Galileo's Revenge, Junk Science in the Courtroom. Basic Books, 1991, 1993.

Huff, Darrell. How to Lie with Statistics. Norton, 1954. This classic, first published in 1995, is now in its 45th printing!

Hughes, Pennethorne. Witchcraft. Longmans Green, 1952. Penguin, 1965. {Q171.L57}

Hunt, Inez and Wanetta W. Draper. Lightning in His Hand, the Life Story of Nikola Tesla. Omni Publications, 1964.

Hutin, Serge. History of Astrology, science or superstition? Gerard and Co., 1970.

Jastrow, Joseph. The Story of Human Error. Appleton-Century, 1936. This is a classic, and hard-to-find book of errors in astronomy, geology, geography, physics, mathematics, chemistry, zoology, physiology, neurophysiology, anthropology, psychology, sociology, medicine and psychiatry. Jastrow was a psychologist.

Jastrow, Joseph. Fact and Fable in Psychology, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1900. {BF1031.J26}

Jastrow, Joseph. Wish and Wisdom, Episodes in The Vagaries of Belief. D. Appleton-Century Co., 1935. {x}

Jastrow, Joseph. The Psychology of Conviction, A Study of Beliefs and Attitudes. Houghton Mifflin, 1918. Jastrow was Prof. of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin. {x Pt. 1 only}

Jay, Ricky. Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women, Unique, Eccentric and Amazing Entertainers: Stone Eaters, Mind Readers, Poison Resisters, Daredevils, Singing Mice, etc., etc., etc., etc. Warner, 1986. This is a very entertaining, well-researched, and fully illustrated look at unusual show business acts throughout history. {PN1583.J38 1987}

Johnson, Crisfield. The One Great Force: the cause of gravitation, planetary motion, heat, light, electricity, magnetism, chemical affinity, and other natural phenomena. Breed & Lent, 1868. An ambitious attempt at a theory of everything, and unified field! The Proposition on the title page says it all: "The One Great Force of the Material Universe is the Self-Replication of Caloric, acting on the Inertia of Ordinary Matter." Of course! Why didn't we think of that?

Jones, Marc Edmund. Astrology: How and Why it Works. Sabian, 1945. Penguin Books, 1971.

Jones, Stacy V. Inventions Necessity is Not The Mother Of, Patents Ridiculous and Sublime. New York Times Book Co., 1973

Kafton-Minkel, Walter. Subterranean Worlds: 100,000 years of dragons, dwarfs, the dead, lost races & UFOs from inside the earth. Loompanics Unlimited, 1989. Everything you wanted to know about the history of hollow-earth hypotheses.

Keene, M. Lamar and Allen Spraggett. The Psychic Mafia. c. 1976 by Lamar Keene. Dell paperback, 1977. Keene spent many years as a spiritualist medium. In this book he reveals the tricks of the trade. Also available as electronic text.

Kirwan, Laurence P. A History of Polar Exploration. Penguin, 1959.

Klass, Philip J. UFO Abductions, a Dangerous Game. Updated edition, Prometheus, 1989.

Kossy, Donna. Kooks, a guide to the outer limits of human belief. Feral House, 1994.

Kreskin. The Amazing World of Kreskin. c. 1973 by Kreskin. Avon, 1974. A self-serving autobiography of the mentalist performer who likes audiences to think he has genuine psychic powers.

Krupp, Edwin C., ed. In Search of Ancient Astronomies. McGraw-Hill, 1978. Stonehenge to von Däniken: Archaeoastronomy discovers our sophisticated ancestors.

Kusche, Lawrence David. The Bermuda Triangle Mystery"Solved. Harper & Row, 1975. {G525.K87}

Kusche, Lawrence David. The Disappearance of Flight 19. Harper & Row, 1980. Librarian Kusche uses his skills to demolish another classic mystery. {G558.K87}

Landsberg, Helmut E. Weather and Health. Doubleday, 1969. An authoritative look at weather and climate effects on health.

Larue, Gerald A. Ancient Myth and Modern Men. Prentice-Hall, 1975. Relates present-day moral concerns to the flow of ideas from ancient cultures of Egypt and Mesopotamia.

Lewinsohn, Richard. Science, Prophecy and Prediction. Bell, 1961.

Ley, Wiley. Another Look at Atlantis, and fifteen other essays. Bell, 1969. {Q171.L57}

Ley, Wiley. Other books: For Your Information. Rockets, Missiles and Men in Space. Watchers of the Sky. Engineer's Dreams. Exotic Zoology. The Conquest of Space. The Exploration of mars. Beyond the Solar System. Dawn of Zoology. Discovery of the Elements. Missiles, Moonprobes and Megaparsecs. Ranger to the Moon. Mariner to Mars. The Borders of Mathematics. On Earth and in the Sky.

Locke, Richard Adams. The Moon Hoax; or A Discovery That the Moon Has A Vast Population of Human Beings. M. Doolady, 1859. Reprint edition by Gregg Press, 1975. A pamphlet was issued under the title Great Astronomical Discoveries Lately Made by Sir John Herschel, L. L., D. F. R. S. &c. at the Cape of Good Hope. First published in the New-York Sun, form the Supplement to the Edinburgh Journal of Science.

McCain and Segal. The Game of Science. Brooks-Cole, 5th Ed, 1994.

MacDougall, Curtis D. Hoaxes. c. 1940 by Curtis D. MacDougall. Dover 1958. Hoaxes in art, history, science, literature, politics and journalism. {A6253.M3}

MacDougall, Curtis D. Superstition and the Press. Prometheus, 1983.

McIntosh, Christopher. The Astrologers and their Creed, an historical outline. Praeger, 1969.

Mackay, Charles. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, London, George Routledge & Sons, Ltd., 1892. Recent reprint editions are still available. This is another `classic,' looking at the prototype examples of human delusion: the south sea `bubble,' tulipmania, etc. {AZ999.M2}

Marks, David and Richard Kammann. The Psychology of the Psychic. Prometheus, 1980.

Mitchell, Edgar D. Psychic Exploration, a challenge for science. Edited by John White. Putnam's, 1974. Edgar Mitchell was the 6th astronaut to walk on the moon. As this book shows, he has no other credentials touching on science. This book is an example of how a well-known public figure can, with the help of a professional writer, cash in on fame in one field with a book in another.

Michell, John & Robert J. M. Rickard. Phenomena, A Book of Wonders. Pantheon, 1977. A coffee-table book of Fortean phenomena, with uncritical accounts and 119 black-white pictures. Illustration sources are documented, but there's no documentation for the factual information in the book.

Milliren, Thomas. Learning the Art of Dowsing$#151;Divining, a practical approach for the student. c. 1982 by Thomas J. Milliren, Erie, PA.

Moore, Clara Bloomfield. Keely and His Discoveries. 1893. University Books reprint, undated. John Ernst Worrell Keely claimed he could make engines which could power a freight train across the country on a thimblefull of water as fuel. He kept his company going for 30 years without every paying a dividend to stockholders, or producing a product. Clara Bloomfield Moore was one of his financial supporters.

Nash, Jay Robert. Zanies, the world's greatest eccentrics. New Century Publishers, 1972.

Neher, Andrew. The Psychology of Transcendence. Prentice-Hall, 1980. From the cover blurb: "A guide to understanding and developing your potential for mental healing, visions, ecstasy, out-of-body states, prophecy, and many other extraordinary experiences."

Newton, David E. Science & Society. Holbrook Press, 1974.

Nolen, William A. Healing, A Doctor in Search of a Miracle, Fawcett, 1974.

Norman, Eric. The Under-People, the startling discovery of a lost world. Award Books, 1969. From the cover: "Who are they? Do they really exist deep within the bowels of the earth? Can bey be reached, reasoned with? Are they dangerous? Eric Norman has the provocative answers. Amazing, documented facts about the bizarre inhabitants of the center of the earth!"

Norman, Eric. This Hollow Earth. Lancer, 1972. From the cover: "Eric Norman reveals astonishing discoveries about this hollow earth. Are there underground worlds? Do Eden, Atlantis and other lost glories still lie hidden beneath the surface of our planet?"

O'Neill, John J. Prodigal Genius, The Life of Nikola Tesla, Inventor Extraordinary. Angriff Press reprint.

Ord-Hume, Arthur W. J. G. Perpetual Motion, the History of an Obsession. George Allen and Unwin, 1977. The only general survey of this subject now in print.

Pachter, Henry M. Magic Into Science, the Story of Paracelsus. Henry Schuman, 1951.

Pauwels, Louis and Jacques Bergier. The Morning of the Magicians. First published in France under the title Le Matin des Magiciens, and copyright 1960 by Editions Gallimard. Published in England in 1963 under title: The Dawn of Magic. English translation copyright 1963 by Anthony Gibbs & Phillips Ltd. Avon Books 1968. This classic defense of the magical traditions is much quoted, seldom read.

Pauwels, Louis and Jacques Bergier. The Eternal Man. c. 1972 by the authors. Avon paperback, 1970.

Pawlicki, T. B. How to Build a Flying Saucer, and other proposals in speculative engineering. Prentice-Hall, 1981. Particularly interesting are his speculations on megalithic engineering, and how the pyramids were built, by quite ordinary (non-supernatural) engineering.

Phin, John. The Seven Follies of Science, a popular account of the most famous scientific impossibilities and the attempts which have been made to solve them. Van Nostrand, 1906. A classic, and rare, book. The seven follies are: squaring the circle, duplication of the cube, trisection of an angle, perpetual motion, alchemy, fixation of mercury, and the elixir of life.

Poundstone, William. Big Secrets. Quill, 1983. The uncensored truth about all sorts of stuff you are never supposed to know. The formula for Coca-Cola...how playing cards are marked...how to beat a lie detector...what your answers to the Rorschach test really mean...things on American currency you never knew were there...the eleven secret herbs and spices in Kentucky Fried Chicken...credit- card mischief...and more. Stage magic secrets: Doug Henning's Dancing Handkerchief in a Bottle, Harry Blackstone, Jr.'s Sawing a Woman in Two, Uri Geller's Blindfold Drive, Doug Henning's Vanishing Horse and Rider, The Amazing Kreskin's Social Security Number Divination, and other secrets of these performers.

Poundstone, William. Bigger Secrets. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1986. Hidden messages in record albums. How to fix a coin toss. The shocking initiation rights [sic] of the Odd Fellows. The phone company's own unlisted numbers. Unsuspected duplicity in Life Savers, Camel cigarettes, and Dr. Bronner's soap. The truth about Oreos' "sandwich creme filling". The `Illusions' chapter includes the Indian rope trick, Tony Robbins' firewalk, the levitating woman, headline prediction, Doug Henning's Zigzag Woman, David Copperfield's Statue of Liberty Disappearance.

Rachleff, Owen S. The Occult Conceit, a new look at astrology, witchcraft & Sorcery. Bell, 1971. {BF1411.R18}

Rachleff, Owen S. The Secrets of Superstitions, how they help, how they hurt. Doubleday, 1976.

Ransom, C. J. The Age of Velikovsky. Delta, 1976. From the cover: "A guide to Worlds in Collision, Ages of Chaos, and other essential writings of Velikovsky, providing a key to the theories as well as the controversies they have provoked." See also Forrest.

Radner, Dasie and Michael Radner. Science and Unreason. Wadsworth, 1982. An excellent short overview and textbook on the application of reason to claims of the paranormal.

Randi, James. The Magic of Uri Geller, as Revealed by The Amazing Randi, Ballantine, 1975. Randi, James. The Faith Healers. Prometheus, 1986. An exposure of the trickery used by faith healers, and a particular look at A. A. Allen, Leroy Jenkins, Peter Popoff, and Oral Roberts.

Randi, James. Flim-Flam, The Truth about Unicorns, Parapsychology and Other Delusions. Lippincott & Crowell, 1980. {BF 1042.A42}

Randi, James. The mask of Nostradamus. {BF1815.N8 R35}

Randi, James. The Truth About Uri Geller. Prometheus, 1975.

Randi, James. An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural. St. Martins Press, 1995.

Rawcliffe, D. H. Occult and Supernatural Phenomena. Dover, 1959. Reprint of The Psychology of the Occult, Derricke Ridgeway, 1952.

Rimmer, Harry. The Harmony of Science and Scripture. The "Lost Day" legend is revived in this book, and this seems to be the source of the `modern' version. Rimmer credits "Sir Edwin Ball, the great British astronomer, who found that twenty-four hours had been lost out of solar time." Rimmer's version, embellished (updated) with a NASA and computer- calculation connection added, appeared in Fate, June 1973, p. 60, in a `filler item' by Harry L. Miller. This version introduces Harold Hill, who had been telling this story at his speaking engagements. I have yet to track down the original reference of `Astronomer Edwin Ball (who was obviously not an astronomer whose fame has survived to this century), or to just when Harold Hill hatched his version, though I have communicated with Hill, he is evasive. A skeptical account may be found in Christian Herald, Nov 1972, p. 53, in an article by Dr. Wilson, its editor. An indignant response from Harold E. Hill appears in the January 1973 issue. A brief note, with no useful data, also appears in the Sept-Oct 1970 issue of The American Rationalist, p. 9.

Roberts, Alexander. A Treatise of Witchcraft. London, 1616. From the title page: Wherein sundry propositions are laid downe, plainely discovering the wickedness of that damnable Art, with diverse other speciall points annexed, not impertinent to the same, such as ought diligently of every Christian to be considered. With a true narration of the Witchcrafts which Mary Smith, wife of Henry Smith Glover, did practise: Of her contract vocally made between the Devil and her, in solemne termes, by whose means the hurt by her owne confession, and also from the publique Records of the Examination if diverse upon their oathes: And lastly, of her death and execution, for the same; which was on the twelfth day of Januarie last past. von Reichenbach, Baron Karl. The Mysterious Odic Force. 1844. Reprinted by Samuel Weiser, The Aquarian Press, 1977.

Reber, Grote. Endless, Boundless, Stable Universe. University of Tasmania Occasional Paper 9. 1977. A challenge to the `Big Bang' universe.

Renfrew, Colin. Before Civilization: the radiocarbon revolution and prehistoric Europe. Knopf, 1973. {GN803.R46}

Renfrew, Colin. The Emergence of Civilization: The Cycladis and the Aegean. {DF220.R45}

Robbins, Rossell Hope. The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology. Crown, 1959.

Rokeach, Milton. The Three Christs of Ypsilanti, a Psychological Study. c. 1964 by Milton Rokeach. Columbia University Press, 1981. A classic study, not likely to ever be repeated. Rokeach found that Michigan's Ypsilanti State Hospital (a mental hospital) had three patients claiming to be Jesus Christ. He got them together for group therapy. {RC465.R63}

Rosten, Leo. The Power of Positive Nonsense. McGraw-Hill, 1977.

Rothman, Milton A. A Physicist's Guide to Skepticism. Prometheus Books, 1988. {Q175.R5648 1988 LHU}

Rothman, Milton A. The Laws of Physics. 1963. {QC25.R6}

Rothman, Milton. Discovering the Natural Laws; the Experiment 1972. {QC39.R68}

Rubinsky, Yuri and Ian Wiseman. A History of The End of the World. Quill, 1982.

Sagan, Carl, and Thornton Page, eds. UFO's, A Scientific Debate. Norton, 1972. {TL789.A1}

Sagan, Carl. The Dragons of Eden; Speculations on the ... 1977. {BF431.S2}

Sagan, Carl. The Cosmic Connection; an Extraterrestrial... 1973. {QB54.S24}

Sagan, Carl. Broca's Brain; Reflections on the Romance... 1979. {BF431.S19}

Sagan, Carl. The Demon-Haunted World, Science as a candle in the Dark. Ballantine, 1996. A collection of essays on science, education, and pseudoscience.

Sanderson, Ivan T. Investigating the Unexplained, a compendium of disquieting mysteries of the natural world. Prentice-Hall, 1972. Sanderson writes primarily on sea monsters, bigfoot, the abominable snowman, and strange artifacts. {AG243.S245}

Sanderson, Ivan T. Things. Pyramid, 1967.

Sanderson, Ivan T. More Things. Pyramid, 1969.

Sanderson, Ivan T. Invisible Residents, A Disquisition upon Certain Matters Maritime, and the Possibility of Intelligent Life under the Waters of This Earth. World, 1970.

Saunders, Richard. The World's Greatest Hoaxes. Playboy Press, 1980. Includes Beringer's stones, Piltdown Man, New York Sun moon hoax, H. L. Mencken's bathtub hoax, Paul Kammerer, and dozens of lesser hoaxes. Well researched, but no references.

"Scientific Astrology", double issue of Zetetic Scholar, Nos. 3 & R, 1979. The Zetetic Scholar was published from to 1983 by Marcello Truzzi, a sociologist from Eastern Michigan University. Truzzi sought a fruitful dialogue between skeptics and believers on subjects of fringe science. Copies of this journal are scarce (it had at best only a few hundred subscribers) and most of this material has not been reprinted.

Seiss, Joseph A. (1823-1904) The Great Pyramid. Steiner reprint, 1973. A classic by a `pyramidiot'.

Seligman, Kurt. The Mirror of Magic. Pantheon Books, 1948. This classic account of the history of magic and mysticism has been reprinted under other titles.

Shadowitz, Albert and Peter Walsh. The Dark Side of Knowledge. Addison-Wesley, 1976.

Shirley, Ralph. Occultists & Mystics of All Ages. University Books, 1972.

Silverberg. Robert. Scientists & Scoundrels, A Book of Hoaxes. Crowell, 1965. Topics: Beringer's stones, Mesmer, NY Sun Moon Hoax, Koch's sea serpent, Keely's perpetual motion machine, the Kensington Runestone, Cook and the N. Pole, Schliemann and Atlantis, the Etruscan Sculptures, Venezeulan Ape-Man, Kammerer and the Midwife Toad, Otto Fischer's rocket, the Piltdown puzzle. {P21.S587 Wo}

Sladek, John. The New Apocrypha, A Guide to Strange Science and Occult Beliefs. Stein and Day, 1973.

Simon, Tony. The Search for Planet X. Basic Books, 1962.

Sklar, Dusty. The Nazis and the Occult. Dorset, 1977.

Smyth, Charles Piazzi. The Antiquity of Intellectual Man, From a Practical and Astronomical Point of View. Edmonton and Douglas, 1868. More 'pyramidiocy'.

Smyth, Charles Piazzi. Our Inheritance in the Great Pyramid. W. Isbister, London, 1880. Republished as: The Great Pyramid, Its Secrets and Mysteries Revealed. Bell, 1978.

Somerlott, Robert. Here, Mr. Splitfoot, an informal exploration into Modern Occultism. Viking Press, 1971.

Spencer, Frank. Piltdown, A Scientific Forgery. Oxford University Press, 1990.

Spraggett, Allen. The Man Who Talked With the Dead, {Bf1283.F63 S66 ?}

Stiebing, William H., Jr. Ancient Astronauts, Cosmic Collisions, and other popular theories about man's past. Prometheus, 1984. Atlantis, pyramids, Noah's ark...

Story, Ronald. The Space-Gods Revealed, a close look at the theories of Erich von Däniken. Harper and Row, 1976. A debunking of von Däniken's hypotheses of alien visitations to earth in ancient historical times.

Story, Ronald D. Sightings, UFOs and the Limits of Science. Quill, 1982. From the cover: "An Expert Looks at the 10 Most Baffling Cases on Record."

Story, Ronald. The Encyclopedia of UFOs. {TL789.E52}

Tabori, Paul. Companions of the Unseen. University Books, 1968. Accounts of spiritualist mediums: Haunssen, D. D. Hume, The Shneiders, Stella C., Laszlo, Eusapia Paladino, Elanore, Margery.

Tabori, Paul. Pioneers of the Unseen. Taplinger, 1972. Accounts of spiritualist investigators: Hereward Carrington, Sir Oliver Lodge, Charles Richet, Baron von Schrenck-Notzing, Cesare Lombroso, Raphael Shermann.

Taylor, John. Super Minds, a scientist looks at the paranormal. Warner Books, 1975. This is a classic example of a scientist (physicist John Taylor) being deluded by clever tricksters as well as self-deluded.

Thomas, Keith. Religion & The Decline of Magic. Scribner's, 1971. Tompkins, Peter. Secrets of the Great Pyramid. Harper & Row, 1971. Tompkins has put together an encyclopedia of historical facts lavishly illustrated with monochrome pictures relating to fantastic speculation about the building and the purpose of the Great Pyramid of Cheops. Hardly ever does a note of disbelief creep into his presentation, no matter how fantastic the speculations he reports. {DT63.T56 1971}

Tompkins, Peter. The Secret Life of Plants. This book demonstrates that Tompkins, for all his scholarly erudition, is gullible for just about any strange ideas. Avon, 1973. {QK50.T65 1973}

Tompkins, Peter. The Magic of Obelisks. Harper & Row, 1981. A credulous look at ancient monuments. A fitting companion to Tompkins' Secrets of the Great Pyramid, and Mysteries of the Mexican Pyramids. Lavishly illustrated in monochrome.

Toth, Max and Greg Nielsen. Pyramid Power. Warner, 1974.

Toth, Max. Pyramid Prophecies. Warner, 1979.

Totten, C. A. L. Joshua's Long Day And the Dial of Ahaz. Rand, 1890. Reprint edition 1968 by Destiny Publishers, Merrimac, Massachusetts 01860. It is bound together with a reprint of Rand's When the Earth Turned Over. This is one source of the "Lost Day" urban legend which continues to pop up in new incarnations in newspapers and magazines today. Totten's book is a good example of how one can take a few tidbits of history, misapply a few unapplicable facts, manufacture evidence for a pre-conceived belief, and demonstrate a misunderstanding of both science and religion to fabricate a modern legend.

Velikovsky, Immanuel. Worlds in Collision. Doubleday, 1950.

Velikovsky, Immanuel. Earth in Upheaval. 1955.

Velikovsky, Immanuel. Ages in Chaos. ?

Velikovsky, Immanuel. Oedipus and Akhnaton, myth and history. c. 1960 by Immanuel Velikovsky.

Vizas, C. B. Cosmic Cyclones, a new, revolutionary picture of the universe. Greenwich Book Publishers, 1956. A rather typical attempt to rewrite all of physics by someone unequal to the task.

von Däniken, Erich. In Search of Ancient Gods. G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1973.

Wallace, Irving. The Square Pegs. ?

Wallace, Irving. The Fabulous Showman, the Life and Times of P. T. Barnum. Knopf, 1959.

Walsh, John. The Shroud. c. 1963 by John Walsh. This is just one of many incredibly credulous books about the Shroud of Turin, a large cloth bearing a life-size image resembling artistic depictions of Christ, and which many people would like to believe is the burial shroud of Jesus Christ. Read Joe Nickell's book Inquest on the Shroud of Turn as an antidote to this wishful thinking.

Waskin, Mel. Mrs. O'Leary's Comet! Academy Chicago Publishers, 1985. This strange book postulates that a passing comet caused the great Chicago Fire of Oct 8, 1871.

West, John Anthony & Jan Gerhard Toonder. The Case for Astrology. MacDonald, 1970, Penguin, 1973.

Wallechinsky, David. The Book of Predictions. Morrow, 1981. 20th Century Forecasts. {CB161.W25}

Wheatley, Dennis. The Devil and All His Works. c. 1971 by Dennis Wheatley. A devilishly entertaining and literate look at man's view of the devil throughout history, with side trips to other occult weirdness. Many illustrations, some in color. The perfect coffee-table book to astound and perplex your friends. {BF1411.W45 1971}

White, John. Pole Shift. Berkley, 1982. From the cover: Scientific predictions and prophecies of the ultimate natural disaster. "Too many coincidences and warning signs are being discovered by scientists for us to ignore White's important work." –Dr. Jeffrey Goodman, Author of We are the Earthquake Generation.

Young, James Harvey. The Medical Messiahs, a social history of health quackery in twentieth-century America. Princeton University Press, 1967.

Young, James Harvey. The Toadstool Millionaires. Quack medicine. {RM671.A1Y6}

Zölner, Johann Carl Friedrich. Transcendental Physics, An Account of Experimental Investigations from the Scientific Treatises of Johann Carl Friederich Zölner. Boston, Colby & Rich, 1888. This is a classic of self- delusion and credulity, written by an astrophysicist who fancied himself competent to study mediums, including Henry Slade, and their physical manifestations. Zölner was fascinated with mathematician's forays into four dimensional geometry, and higher dimensional geometries, and he thought that spirit mediums had the ability to slip into the fourth dimension and return.


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