The Book Of The Damned (Large Print Edition)

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Flying saucers, telekinesis, sudden showers of fish from the sky, poltergeists, spontaneous combustion: these are a few of the unexplained phenomena Charles Fort (1874-1932) labeled "damned," his term for mysteries ignored or dismissed by scientific orthodoxy. This volume, based on 27 years of research, explores this gray area between science and fantasy. Although branded as "irregular, whimsical, mutually exclusive, elliptical and contrary," Fort's manner of writing was admired by many notable figures, and his ...
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Flying saucers, telekinesis, sudden showers of fish from the sky, poltergeists, spontaneous combustion: these are a few of the unexplained phenomena Charles Fort (1874-1932) labeled "damned," his term for mysteries ignored or dismissed by scientific orthodoxy. This volume, based on 27 years of research, explores this gray area between science and fantasy. Although branded as "irregular, whimsical, mutually exclusive, elliptical and contrary," Fort's manner of writing was admired by many notable figures, and his research and interpretations became the prototype for latter-day extraterrestrial speculations and helped promote the development of science fiction--a genre that embraces what are known today as "Fortean themes." Unabridged republication of the edition published by Boni and Liveright, Inc., New York, 1919.
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A reprint of a work originally published in 1919, which challenges what its author sees as "dogmatic" science by cataloguing examples of phenomena seemingly unexplainable in scientific terms. Fort (1874-1923) asserts that scientists often argue according to their own beliefs rather than the rules of evidence and ignore, discredit, or suppress facts that conflict with their preferred theories. He wrote several books on his philosophy and is also noteworthy for having coined the word promoted early theories of the universe as an organism, and systematically studied reported sightings of UFOs. In this edition, the absence of any new material contextualizing the work, such as an introduction or afterword, is unfortunate. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781434691477
  • Publisher: BiblioBazaar
  • Publication date: 1/11/2008
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 9.69 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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