The unexplained mysteries of the world make for a fascinatingly addictive read. From life after death, clairvoyance, and telekinesis to sleepwalking, multiple personality disorder, and phantom limbs, this series covers the scientifically accepted as well as the unproven. Adopting a fact-based approach, Freaky Phenomena presents the evidence, parses its reliability, and evaluates the probabilities. Whether proven, debunked, or uncertain, these phenomena are great fun to explore. Each volume in the Freaky Phenomena series explores a different category of metaphysical mysteries. Sidebars highlight the role of various phenomena in popular culture as well as showcasing famous hoaxes.
Joe Nickell, Ph.D. (University of Kentucky, 1987), is Senior Research Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI)--an international scientific organization--and investigative columnist for Skeptical Inquirer magazine. A former professional stage magician (he was Resident Magician at the Houdini Magical Hall of Fame for three years) and private investigator for a world-famous detective agency, Dr. Nickell taught technical writing for several years at the University of Kentucky before taking the full-time position with CSI at its offices at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, New York. Utilizing his varied background, Nickell has become widely known as an investigator of myths and mysteries, frauds, forgeries, and hoaxes. He has been called "the modern Sherlock Holmes," "the original ghost buster," and "the real-life Scully" (from "The X-Files"). He has investigated scores of haunted-house cases, including the Amityville Horror and the Mackenzie House in Toronto, Canada. Nickell was an inspiration for Hilary Swank's role as a miracle investigator in The Reaping (2007).
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