The Hundredth Monkey takes its title from philosopher Ron Amundson's expose of the "Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon," a claim about collective consciousness. Forty-three essays by thirty-nine authors, including Isaac Asimov, Martin Gardner, Carl Sagan, Ray Hyman, Paul Kurtz, and James Randi, examine aspects of paranormal and fringe-science beliefs from an authoritative, scientific point of view. The penetrating and entertaining essays, many with timely postscripts, are grouped into nine categories:- Understanding Human Need - Examining Popular Claims- Encouraging Critical Thinking - Medical Controversies- Evaluating the Anomalous Experience - Astrology- Considering Parapsychology - Crashed Saucer Claims- Controversies Within ScienceScientists and scholars discuss the burden of skepticism and the delicate balance between a creative openness to new ideas and the relentless scrutiny of new claims. A classic source book for scientifically responsible explanations of controversies, hoaxes, bizarre mysteries, and popular cultural myths.
Kendrick Frazier is a veteran science journalist and the longtime editor of the Skeptical Inquirer: The Magazine for Science and Reason. A former Editor of Science News, he is author or editor of ten books, including the anthology Science Under Siege: Defending Science, Exposing Pseudoscience. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the American Geophysical Union. He is a recipient of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry’s “In Praise of Reason” Award.