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The bounds of reason

Belief in the paranormal is commonplace, even among hard-headed rationalists. But Nicholas Humphrey says there is no point weighing the evidence for and against miracles, clairvoyance or spoon-bending. Such things are logically impossible... and a good thing too

By Nicholas Humphrey   January 1996

Chatto and Windus in London have taken it calmly. But my New York publishers are more disturbed. They are, they say, “concerned about the market.” The book I have just handed over to them seems certain to offend. Believers will hate it because… well, because they are believers. And with recent polls showing that more than half the US population believe that human beings have psychic powers, while 95 per cent believe in God and 72 per cent in angels, I must agree that a book that sets out to discredit all kinds of supernatural phenomena is bound to be…

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