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The ancient rock art on the cover decorates the walks of Indian Creek Canyon in Newspaper Rock State Park, Utah, near Canyonlands National Park. What could its symbols and horned figures represent? Are they a Native American observer's depiction of space-suited extraterrestrials who once explored the American continent? Or do the images reflect the human imagination, blending, human and animal elements into new mythical beings? Ken Feder addresses questions such as these in this entertaining and informative exploration of fascinating frauds and genuine mysteries. Through well-chosen examples, he demonstrates what is - and what is not - the scientific method; in the process, he clearly conveys why the veritable past is as exciting and intriguing as the fantasies concocted by the purveyors of pseudoscience. New to this Edition: 25% more illustrations, including side by side photographic comparisons in Chapter 6, 8, and 9; additional topics, including tabloid anthropology, the deconstructionist challenge to science, tracing the source of skeletal populations through mitochondrial DNA analysis, the so-called Mars face, the New Age use of Native American beliefsand Native Americans' reactions, the Ice Man, Chauvet Cave and our understanding of cave painting, and more.

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Genre Book : Archaeology
Author Book : Kenneth L. Feder
Publisher : Mayfield Publishing Company
Release Book : 1996
Download Book : 290 Pages
ISBN-10 : UOM:39015027496986


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A comparison of the hypotheses and approaches of pseudo-archaeologists to those of archaeologists and other scientists. By describing the flaws in the purported evidence for each claim, the author exposes students to the thinking and methodology that underlie real scientific research.

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Genre Book : Archaeology
Author Book : Kenneth L. Feder
Publisher :
Release Book : 1990
Download Book : 231 Pages
ISBN-10 : UVA:X002049843


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Committed to the scientific investigation of human antiquity, this indispensable supplementary text uses interesting archaeological hoaxes, myths, and mysteries to show how we can truly know things about the past through science. Examples of fantastic findings support the carefully, logically, and entertainingly described flaws in the purported evidence. By placing wildly inaccurate claims within the context of the scientific method, Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries demonstrates how science approaches fascinating questions about human antiquity and, in so doing, shows where pseudoscience falls short.

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Genre Book : Social Science
Author Book : Kenneth Feder
Publisher : McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
Release Book : 2010-11-01
Download Book : 416 Pages
ISBN-10 : 007811697X


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Committed to the scientific investigation of human antiquity, Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology uses interesting archaeological hoaxes, myths, and mysteries to show how we can use science to learn things about the past. By placing wildly inaccurate claims within the context of the scientific method, this indispensable supplementary text demonstrates how science approaches questions about human antiquity and, in doing so, shows where pseudoscience falls short.

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Genre Book : Social Science
Author Book : Kenneth Feder
Publisher : McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Release Book : 2013-04-15
Download Book : Pages
ISBN-10 : 9780077497637


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This book is an offbeat field guide for sites in North America that reflect the rejection of the facts of prehistory and history. They are the physical equivalents of "fake news" about America's ancient past. Feder provides an entertaining summary forty sites along with the practical information you’ll need to visit these fun and fascinating sites.

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Genre Book : Social Science
Author Book : Kenneth L. Feder
Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
Release Book : 2019-03-06
Download Book : 260 Pages
ISBN-10 : 9781538105979


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This book provides a fascinating, encyclopedic antidote for the mysticism and pseudoscience surrounding well-known or highly publicized archaeological and anthropological "discoveries." • 134 alphabetical entries of terms related to extraordinary archaeological claims, many related to popular frauds, misinterpretations, and misrepresentations of the human past • Contains 50 illustrations, including depictions of the Maya calendar day and month glyphs, ancient astronomical alignments, the sarcophagus lid of the Maya ruler Pacal, and the Ica Stones • Photographs of such monuments and artifacts as the pyramids at Giza, Serpent Mound, Nazca ground drawings, Tucson artifacts, Michigan Relics, and Easter Island Moai bring the topics to life • A comprehensive bibliography and further reading suggestions at the end of each entry feed further investigation

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Genre Book : Social Science
Author Book : Kenneth L. Feder
Publisher : ABC-CLIO
Release Book : 2010-10-11
Download Book : 292 Pages
ISBN-10 : 9780313379192


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"A college textbook for the Introduction to Prehistory course"--Provided by publisher.

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Genre Book : Fossil hominids
Author Book : Kenneth L. Feder
Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
Release Book : 2016-07-13
Download Book : 624 Pages
ISBN-10 : 0190275855


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Committed to the scientific investigation of human antiquity, Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology uses interesting archaeological hoaxes, myths, and mysteries to show how we can use science to learn things about the past. By placing wildly inaccurate claims within the context of the scientific method, this indispensable supplementary text demonstrates how science approaches questions about human antiquity and, in doing so, shows where pseudoscience falls short.

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Genre Book : Social Science
Author Book : Kenneth L. Feder
Publisher : McGraw-Hill Education
Release Book : 2013-04-15
Download Book : 416 Pages
ISBN-10 : 0078035074


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Pseudoscience and Extraordinary Claims of the Paranormal: A Critical Thinker's Toolkit provides readers with a variety of "reality-checking" tools to analyze extraordinary claims and to determine their validity. Integrates simple yet powerful evaluative tools used by both paranormal believers and skeptics alike Introduces innovations such as a continuum for ranking paranormal claims and evaluating their implications Includes an innovative "Critical Thinker’s Toolkit," a systematic approach for performing reality checks on paranormal claims related to astrology, psychics, spiritualism, parapsychology, dream telepathy, mind-over-matter, prayer, life after death, creationism, and more Explores the five alternative hypotheses to consider when confronting a paranormal claim Reality Check boxes, integrated into the text, invite students to engage in further discussion and examination of claims Written in a lively, engaging style for students and general readers alike Ancillaries: Testbank and PowerPoint slides available at www.wiley.com/go/pseudoscience

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Genre Book : Psychology
Author Book : Jonathan C. Smith
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Release Book : 2011-09-26
Download Book : 432 Pages
ISBN-10 : 9781444358940


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"A cheerful and delightful excursion into the realms of fraud, hucksterism, wretched excess, and wishful thinking. . . . From Indiana Jones to Lost Atlantis, from mysticism to Mu, Williams reviews the colorful characters and misguided theories which have excited the public, and exasperated mainstream archaeologists."--Michael Crichton

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Genre Book : History
Author Book : Stephen Williams
Publisher :
Release Book : 1991
Download Book : 407 Pages
ISBN-10 : 0812282388