El Chupacabra in a hurry
Dr. Brian Regal
History of Science
Department of History
• Syllabus Fall 2014 (NOTE: the syllabus is subject to change over the course of the semester).
PowerPoint presentation - updated October 8, 2014
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
Readings on Demarcation
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