This was created for some Gale Publishing works around 2001
Selected works from the John and Mary Franz Skeptics' Library located at the Center for Inquiry Libraries, Amherst, NY. Timothy Binga, Director of Libraries.
The Outer Edge: Classic Investigations of the Paranormal edited by Joe Nickell, Barry Karr and Tom Genoni. Amherst, NY: Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, 1996. The first book by the staff of the Skeptical Inquirer and a few of the most interesting cases that were investigated in their pages.
Bizarre Cases edited by Benjamin Radford Amherst, NY: Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, 2000. This book takes another look at investigations from the pages of the Skeptical Inquirer.
Encyclopedia of the Paranormal edited by Gordon Stein. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 1996. This is one of the best works dealing with the skeptical view of the paranormal, recommended for all libraries.
How to Think About Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age by Theodore Schick, Jr., Lewis Vaughn; forward by Martin Gardner. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield; 1999. An introduction of critical thinking, this work uses some basic language and ideas to help people understand how to use and apply critical thinking to all aspects of one’s life.
Pseudoscience and the Paranormal: A Critical Examination of the Evidence by Terence Hines. Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books, 1988. This work deals with irrational beliefs, all irrational beliefs.
Looking for a Miracle: Weeping Icons, Relics, Stigmata, Visions & Healing Cures by Joe Nickell. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 1998. Nickell discusses supposed miracles and offers rational scientific explanations for the different religious phenomena.
Ambrose Bierce is Missing and Other Historical Mysteries by Joe Nickell. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1992. Dr. Nickell uses forensic techniques to discuss cases of historical interest and authenticates artifacts like Daniel Boone rifles.
The Baby Train and Other Lusty Urban Legends by Jan Harold Brunvand. New York: W.W. Norton, 1993. Brunvand is a renowned expert on urban legends, and this is one of the best works, although any of his other works on these legends is good.
The Roving Mind by Isaac Asimov. Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books, 1983. A selection of essays from one of the most prolific science fiction writers, who was also known for his writings on science itself.
Carl Sagan: A Life by Keay Davidson. New York: Wiley, 1999. This work was partly researched at the Center for Inquiry and discusses Sagan’s life in detail.
UFOs: The Public Deceived by Philip J. Klass. Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books, 1983. Klass is a world-renowned investigator of UFO claims and he shows how the public is deceived by those who encourage belief in UFOs.
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan. New York: Random House, 1996. I recommend all Sagan books, but this is one of my favorites; Sagan was a CSICOP fellow.
The Psychic Mafia by M. Lamar Keene, as told to Allen Spraggett; with a foreword by William V. Rauscher. New York: Dell, 1977. This work blew the lid off the psychics at Camp Chesterfield, a spiritualist colony, and is one of the best works at showing how psychics could mislead people.
Encounters with the Paranormal: Science, Knowledge, and Belief edited by Kendrick Frazier. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 1998. Another work by the editor of the Skeptical Inquirer that was taken from some of the best cases investigated in its pages.
Alien Abductions: Creating the Modern Phenomenon: Focusing on the Popular Works of Budd Hopkins, John Fuller, Whitley Strieber, David Jacobs, John Mack and others by Terry Matheson. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 1998. Matheson looks at the cultural phenomenon of alien abductions and how this evolved from hypnotism and other pseudosciences.
The UFO Invasion: The Roswell Incident, Alien Abductions, and Government Cover-ups edited by Kendrick Frazier, Barry Karr and Joe Nickell. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 1997. This work consists of articles from the Skeptical Inquirer regarding UFO’s and the supposed cover-ups.
The Wreck of the Titanic Foretold? edited by Martin Gardner. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 1998. This work explains why the novella "Futility," written by Morgan Robertson (which is included in this work) really was not a prophecy of the Titanic sinking and goes on to debunk all the paranormal claims that are associated with the Titanic.
The Day the Universe Changed by James Burke. Boston: Little, Brown, 1985. Burke shows the cascade of inventions and how one invention or discovery leads to many more.
Science Meets Alternative Medicine: What the Evidence Says About Unconventional Treatments edited by Wallace Sampson and Lewis Vaughn. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2000. Sampson and Vaughn show that there is no evidence to support the claims made by alternative medicine practitioners.
Flim-Flam! : Psychics, ESP, Unicorns, and Other Delusions by James Randi; introduction by Isaac Asimov. Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books, 1982. Randi looks at paranormal phenomena and asks why people believe these things.
The Psychology of the Psychic by David F. Marks. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2000. Marks looks at the psychological make up of psychics and what goes into the reasons they think they are psychic.
Entities: Angels, Spirits, Demons, and other Alien Beings by Joe Nickell. Amherst, NY: 1995. Dr. Nickell examines beings not of an earthly origin.
Mysterious Realms: Probing Paranormal, Historical, and Forensic Enigmas by Joe Nickell and John F. Fischer. Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books, 1992. Dr. Nickell uses forensic science to help explain mysteries both paranormal and historical.
Dumbth and 81 Ways to Make Americans Smarter by Steve Allen. Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books, 1989. Steve Allen on how to make people think more critically and live a life of examination.
Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology edited by J. Gordon Melton. Detroit: Gale Research Inc, 1996. This work is a combination of Nandor Fodor’s classic Encyclopedia of Psychic Science and An Encyclopedia of Occultism by Lewis Spence. Both works are invaluable for researchers in these areas.
Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition and Other Confusions of Our Time by Michael Shermer; foreword by Stephen Jay Gould. New York: W.W. Freeman, 1997. This work while not showing why people believe them, as the title indicates, shows the many weird beliefs that continue in today’s society.