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From ncheshire.cc.oxy.edu!freenet.buffalo.edu!aa538 From: aa538@freenet.buffalo.edu (Barry Karr) Date: Thu, 15 Dec 1994 09:09:37 -0500 ================= Begin forwarded message ================= From: R.Wiseman@herts.ac.uk (Wiseman) To: aa538@freenet.buffalo.edu Subject: new book info. (fwd) Date: Tue, 13 Dec Dear Barry, Thanks for the note. Here is some advance info on a book on testing psychic claimants that I have just produced. I appreciate that some people don't like using the net for adverts and so I'll leave it up to you as to whether it goes out to folks. Best Richard ADVANCE INFORMATION FROM University of Hertfordshire Press NEW BOOK GUIDELINES FOR TESTING PSYCHIC CLAIMANTS Richard Wiseman and Robert L. Morris Many people claim to be psychic. Palm readers and astrologers claim that they look into the future to help solve personal problems. Mediums claim to help individuals communicate with deceased friends and relatives. Faith healers and psychic surgeons claim to diagnose and cure illness. 'Psychic detectives' offer advice to the police to help solve crime. Alleged psychics have also been used to attract followers to religious organisations and as consultants by large businesses. Health professionals, law enforcement agents, cult investigators and scientists may wish to examine these claimants or assess the quality of investigations carried out by others. Up to this point in time there has existed no guidelines outlining how such work should proceed. This is unfortunate because badly designed investigations can result in false claimants being seen as genuine or honest claimants being unfairly accused of fraud. This book tackles these issues, providing pragmatic and flexible guidelines to help researchers identify and resolve the problems that most frequently occur during the assessment of individuals claiming strong psychic ability. AUTHOR DETAILS Richard Wiseman is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, specialising in the psychology of deception and parapsychology. He has worked as a professional magician and is an Associate of the Inner Magic Circle. Robert L. Morris is Professor of Psychology at the University of Edinburgh, where he holds the Koestler Chair of Parapsychology, specialising in parapsychology, the psychology of anomalous experiences and deception. SPECIAL FEATURES Clear & flexible guidelines for testing psychic claimants Special consideration of the problem of fraud by psychic claimants Signposts to further reading, contact addresses, useful organisations, etc READERSHIP Scientists testing individuals claiming exceptional abilities Health professionals, law enforcement agents and cult investigators Media investigators carrying out high profile assessments of alleged psychics Individuals wishing to assess the quality of investigations carried out by others BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION Publication January 1995 70pp ISBN 0 900 458 58 5 #7 ORDERS TO: University of Hertfordshire Press, Library & Media Services, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB, UK. Tel: + 44 1707-284665 Fax: + 44 1707-284666 Internet:

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