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Educational studies indicate a critical lack of scientific awareness in children and young adults. Is it because science is no longer perceived as challenging, interesting, or just plain fun? Looking for scientific facts can be as enjoyable as 'playing detective'. Joe Nickell realised that a mere series of debunking stories might hold a child's interest, yet not kindle the development of critical skills. If children could be fully involved in the investigation of strange occurrences ...if the investigations could have all the thrill of a ghost story yet reinforce rational over irrational thought, and science over superstition ...then the book as a whole would be an appealing introduction to logic, critical analysis, and the scientific method in action. In "The Magic Detectives", Nickell presents thirty 'paranormal' investigations in the form of brief mystery stories. Clues are embedded in each story; at the end of each account, the child can turn the book upside down to reveal the conclusion that professional 'magic detectives' have already reached.
Included are examinations of the 'mummy's curse', bigfoot, haunted stairways, the Amityville Horror, the Loch Ness monster, poltergeists, and more.
Joe Nickell (Amherst, NY) has been called "the modern Sherlock Holmes" and "the real-life Scully" (from the X-Files). Since 1995 he has been the world's only fulltime, professional, science-based paranormal investigator. His careful, often innovative investigations have won him international respect in a field charged with controversy. He is the author of numerous books, including most recently Real or Fake? Studies in Authentication and Adventures in Paranormal Investigation. See www.joenickell.com for more.