El Chupacabra in a hurry
Dr. Brian Regal
History of Science
Department of History
PowerPoint presentation - updated October 18, 2012
Brian Regal. Pseudoscience: a critical encyclopedia (Greenwood Press, 2009).
Required additional reading
Readings on Demarcation
Extra Credit Project
Watch the documentary Dream Deceivers: James Vance and Judas Priest and write a 3-4 page analysis. Film running time approximately 1 hour.
Supplemental Reading: 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
How to be a paranormal Investigator-free course from Benjamin Radford
Louisiana religious school teaches Loch Ness monster as biology which disproves evolution
NCSE National Center for Science Education
Robert Schadewald Collection on Pseudo-Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Keely engine hoax
• Kean University Main Page