Fringe-ology: How I Tried to Explain Away the Unexplainable-And Couldn't

Fringe-ology: How I Tried to Explain Away the Unexplainable-And Couldn't

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by Steve Volk
     
 

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Paranormal claims don't traditionally sit well with reporters, but journalist Steve Volk decided to focus his tenacity on a new beat: a NASA astronaut-turned-mystic, a world-famous psychologist who taught us about dying and decided death may not exist at all, and scientists attempting to verify what mystics have been reporting for millennia. From his journey

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Paranormal claims don't traditionally sit well with reporters, but journalist Steve Volk decided to focus his tenacity on a new beat: a NASA astronaut-turned-mystic, a world-famous psychologist who taught us about dying and decided death may not exist at all, and scientists attempting to verify what mystics have been reporting for millennia. From his journey into the bizarre, Volk discovers that the "fringe" story strikes at the core of what it means to be human.

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“A sharply written, intelligently argued book that should appeal equally to believers and skeptics.”

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ISBN-13:
9780061857720
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/05/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
602,516
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.82(h) x 0.79(d)

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STEVE VOLK is a longtime staff writer and regular contributor at Philadelphia magazine. His work has been published by Rolling Stone, VIBE, Men's Health, Men's Journal, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Weekly, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and St. Petersburg Times. Volk has received dozens of journalism awards and lives in Philadelphia. Visit the author online at www.stevevolk.com.

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Fringe-ology: How I Tried to Explain Away the Unexplainable-And Couldn't 4.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 11 reviews.
hhlucky More than 1 year ago
The amydala is a structure in the human brain that can stimulate defensive responses, whenever something we believe in is threatened. In his book Fringe-ology, Steve Volk explores the boarders of science, and finds over stimulated amygdala's to be one of the greatest barriers to understanding. Mr. Volk is a reporter by profession, and rational and skeptical by nature, but he grew up in a house that was suposedly haunted, and searches for logical answers to explain his childhood experiences. This quest takes him to various fringe areas of science, including NDE's, UFO's, lucid dreaming, and expermintal treatments for PTSD, among others, and gives him some truly remarkable experiences along the way. But his most important discovery seems to be that science is not a religion, or an ideology, but a tool that can only achieve its' full potential when it is used with courage, open-mindedness, and impartiality. Was Mr. Volk's boyhood home really haunted? Read this book and decide for yourself!
PaigeTurnerCB More than 1 year ago
...but in a good way. This is not a book of sensational stories. It is, instead, an examination of what paranormal means, both from a cultural point of view and also from a scientific vantage point. Yes, there are stories that support what Volk is writing about but this book is a serious look at things that go bump in the night.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book a total of two times, each time being just as mind-opening as the next. I have never been one for journalism pieces, but Steve Volk took me by surprise as a phenomenal writer with a brilliant approach towards such an "iffy" topic in today's society. I am not one who believes in a God, nor am I a skeptic who relies solely on science as a concrete base. I am the "I Don't Know" as Volk explains and this book is perfectly designed for all of us. He brings us together into a large community of mutual understanding - No matter how much we trust science and no matter how much faith any one person has, no one truly KNOWS anything except for that which has yet to be disproven.     Some of the topics about religion, faith, scientific study and psychological functions tend to draw boundaries between certain groups, but Volk remains thorough and unbiased in his approach which leaves plenty of room for readers to observe their own thoughts and opinions and conclude as they wish.      I would definitely recommend this book to anyone willing to take the time to read it. Fringe-ology put into words the many thoughts I have had as an "in-betweener", effortlessly explaining taboo concepts while also remaining as factual as possible.      If you're looking for a good book to open your mind and serve as a catalyst for self-observation, Frige-ology is it.
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Robingwynn More than 1 year ago
I heard about this book when the author was interviewed on the "Paranomal Podcast" and I am glad I listened to the interview and subsequently bought the book. The subject matter is very interesting and I really like the author's style. He is open to all forms of thought and looking to get away from paradigms that exclude other beliefs, in general.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoying this book. If your intrigued- buy it!