Book Review: “Paranormality: Why we see what isn’t there” by Richard Wiseman

I am a firm believer in the idea that you must understand the argument against paranormal activity in order to strengthen your own argument. This book will help you do that. It details several types of paranormal situations and how our brain (or a manipulative person who understands how the brain works) can affect our perception. While he doesn’t hit on every claim made in the “ghost hunting” field, he does have some good points. Note: the author is British and some of the words/spelling look weird to the American eye.

Would I recommend this book? Yes. I would recommend that people learn more about why skeptics are slow to accept any type of paranormal “evidence.” You will encounter many of these arguments and it is useful to be prepared for them and understand how a person came to those conclusions. You can also use these ideas to help yourself debunk evidence and therefore present a stronger case.

Pros: A lot of experiments and activities for the reader to do throughout the book. It is pretty easy to read and includes QR codes that link to videos and research information.

Cons: I had some technical complaints about the editing of the book as it didn’t seem to be “finished.” The British wording threw me off at first but I got used to it.

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