New skeptic tool debuts on the net thanks to James Randi.

It’s been in the works for quite awhile now and it’s finally done. James Randi has taken his book An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural and turned it into a free web-based resource.

At long last we’re able to get this Encyclopedia up online. It’s created with David Joffe’s dictionary compilation software TshwaneLex, and it’s a labor of love on the part of my good friend Gilles-Maurice de Schryver. We are very grateful for their generous donation of talent, time, and dedication. Thank you, folks.

When I decided to place the entire text of “An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural” on the Internet, it was suggested to me that this could cut into the sales of the printed version. However, experience has shown that, in the publishing business, making a book available on the Internet only stimulates sales of the actual book! Another mystery.

The book is quite handy in its own right and I wish I hadn’t misplaced the copy I bought some years back, but at least now I can access it online until I get around to buying a copy for my bookshelf once again.

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