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PseudoscienceThe Conspiracy Against Science$
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Allison B. Kaufman and James C. Kaufman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262037426

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262037426.001.0001

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Reflections on Pseudoscience and Parapsychology: From Here to There and (Slightly) Back Again

Reflections on Pseudoscience and Parapsychology: From Here to There and (Slightly) Back Again

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(p.375) 17 Reflections on Pseudoscience and Parapsychology: From Here to There and (Slightly) Back Again
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Pseudoscience
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Christopher C. French

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262037426.003.0017

This chapter presents a personal account of the author’s journey from being a believer in the paranormal to being a skeptic and his subsequent transformation from being one type of skeptic to another. Along the way, his views about parapsychology, and in particular its scientific status, were also transformed. His current position, an unusual one for a skeptic, is that parapsychology is indeed better described as being a science rather than a pseudoscience – even if paranormal forces do not exist.

Keywords:   paranormal, scepticism, epistemology, parapsychology

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