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Nancy L. Zingrone, Ph.D.
University of Virginia
Parapsychology and the Skeptics: A Scientific Argument for
the Existence of ESP, by Chris Carter. Pittsburgh, PA: Paja
Books, SterlingHouse, 2007, 218 pp., xxi, bibliography, index, $18.95
pb (ISBN: 9781585011084).
Chris Carter's recent book, Parapsychology and the Skeptics, is a
treatment of parapsychology's place in science at large and the
plausibility of skeptical arguments raised against the field's methods
and findings. The framework of the book proceeds from and returns to
the history and philosophy of science. Its substantive core focuses on
the issue of evidence for the existence of extrasensory perception
(ESP), the impact on wider science if the evidence for ESP becomes
accepted, and whether parapsychology itself is, in fact, a science.
Uniquely, not only did Carter evaluate the evidence for ESP
accumulated by scientific parapsychologists but he also analyzed the
quality-or lack therein-of the research conducted by skeptics, the
latter enterprise painfully absent from the published literature.
Although not directly addressing the controversies surrounding
near-death experience research, Parapsychology and the Skeptics,
provides a picture of the more general debate that readers of this
Journal will find highly relevant and informative.
Although throughout the book Carter relied somewhat uncritically
on Popper's (1965) Conjectures and Refutations and Russell's (1946)
Nancy L. Zingrone, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Research in the Division of
Perceptual Studies, Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the
University of Virginia and the co-founder of the Alvarado Zingrone Institute for
Research and Education (www.theazire.org). Correspondence regarding this review
should be directed to Dr. Zingrone at the Division of Perceptual Studies, Department of
Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
22902; e-mail: NLZ5P@hscmail.mcc.virginia.edu.
Journal of Near-Death Studies, 28(1), Fall 2009 2009 LANDS
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Zingrone, Nancy L. Book Review: Parapsychology and the Skeptics: A Scientific Argument for the Existence of ESP, review, Autumn 2009; Durham, North Carolina. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc461718/m1/1/: accessed June 17, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .