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After reading this book, I'm kind of scratching my head. I am a skeptic, but I also do not endorse an attack on people's belief system, which unfortunately this book does. It really didn't explain or prove much at all aside from the fact that the human brain is capable of many different things......but it didn't do much to prove the non-existence of paranormal phenomena. It shows that there are frauds out there, well of course there are. There are frauds in EVERY facet of humanity, but there are genuine professionals too. I never, ever claim to know the exact explanation for things which happen around us, because to do so would be an act of self-indulgence and egotistical thinking, and this book seems to be exactly that. I was disappointed. Are there scientific explanations for most events? Sure, but what about things which have no explanation, or things which gentlemen like Mr. Wiseman can't explain through humor and best guess? I expected more out of this book than dry humor (which wasn't really funny), or regurgitated rhetoric that does little to prove that everything in the universe can be explained by a magician who's good with card tricks. I've read books by those who are of the same intellectual caliber as Mr. Wiseman, if not more so, which show more evidence that paranormal phenomena CAN occur, with a much more believable explanation than the human brain making things up. How can we possibly claim that these things only exist in our minds if we have only scratched the surface of how the brain works? Could there be paranormal phenomena out there? Maybe. Who really knows? Certainly not this fellow, but I do admire his attempt, and I hope in his future endeavors he decides to pop out of his shell and admit that his opinion is only one of MANY opinions out there. Who is to say which opinion is correct. I believe in numbers. And unfortunately the numbers are stacked against his claims of being able to explain the unknown. Millions and millions of claims have surfaced over the years, and for someone to say that not one single claim out of those millions is genuine is a foolhardy claim, and does little to pat said person on the back and hand him the key to the universe. I'm still a skeptic, however this book has actually worked in reverse this time, it's made me question who I find more believable, the open minded, or the die-hard rational thinker.