El Chupacabra in a hurry
Dr. Brian Regal
History of Science
Department of History
• Syllabus The Fall 2016 syllabus (NOTE: the syllabus is subject to change over the course of the semester).
PowerPoint presentation - updated March 17, 2016
NOTE: There will be a mandatory campus class walk, Ghost Tour of Kean University. Date TBA, but likely early November.
Brian Regal. Pseudoscience: a critical encyclopedia (Greenwood Press, 2009).
Required additional reading
• Robert Henson, The Thinking Person's Guide to Climate Change (2014) excerpt
Supplemental Reading and Viewing: strongly suggested but not required
• Nostradamus, complete first edition (1555)
Robert Bartholomew. Hoaxes, Myths, and Manias: Why We Need Critical Thinking(2003).
Christine Garwood. Flat Earth: history of an infamous idea (2008).
Donna Kossy. Kooks: A Guide to the Outer Limits of Human Belief (2001).
David Rowe. God's Strange Work: William Miller and the end of the world (2008).
These books are in the Kean Library
Cambridge University Historiography of Science page:
Crank.Net for everything cranky
Forum for some of the latest debates and news from the world of Cryptozoology:
Fortean Times - journal of strange phenomena
Fulnama: Book of Omens medieval Ottoman books on divination, exhibit at the Smithsonian
Louisiana religious school teaches Loch Ness monster as biology which disproves evolution
Monster Talk, podcast on everything monstery
NCSE National Center for Science Education
Robert Schadewald Collection on Pseudo-Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Keely engine hoax
• Kean University Main Page