Explaining the Unexplained

Hans J. Eysenk and Carl. Sargent Explaining the Unexplained: Mysteries of the Paranormal. Weidenfeld and Nicolson. 1982.
This is somewhat better than the average for such productions. It suffers from the setback of never being able to be quite sure of what audience is being aimed at. The result is too simplistic for the scientist, too technical for the man in the street. The authors may well have been wise to omit Walker's 'hidden variables' theory of consciousness at which physicists look askance. Though the treatment of experimental research is cautious, the authors (or one of them, at least) are too ready to take claims of reincarnation and 'drop-in communicators' at face value. 

Peter Rogerson, Magonia 11, December 1982.

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