Weird Science and Bizarre Beliefs: Mysterious Creatures, Lost Worlds and Amazing Inventions / Edition 1

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What really lies at the earth's core? Is there truly a beautiful princess in the fiery land of Pellucidar waiting to be rescued from evil winged creatures? Enchanted from his early boyhood by the gripping tales of Edgar Rice Burroughs, H G Wells and others, Greg Reece takes us on an epic journey into the bowels of the earth, and beyond, in search of fantasy's deepest and darkest imaginings. Yet, as Reece shows, fantasy and reality have increasingly blurred, and the obsession that so many people now have with the uncanny and unnatural is itself a mystery.

Drinking deep from the wells of esoteric knowledge, the author undertakes a heroic quest for answers. Braving the darkest recesses of cult belief, he stalks the twilight borderlands of contemporary culture, where, at the outer edges of mainstream thought, things become downright freaky and outlandish. Taking his life in both hands, the author explores a subterranean cavern reputed to be the home of elusive blue-skinned troglodytes; goes hiking in the backwoods for a glimpse of Bigfoot; investigates the truth of Alternative Archaeology in search of Atlantis; and tests for himself the time-travel and anti-gravity theories of famed inventor Nikola Tesla. Unashamedly revelling in the unexplained, Weird Science and Bizarre Beliefs is both a penetrating analysis of the hidden underbelly of science, pseudo-science and religion, and an unforgettable journey into the innermost depths of the fantastic and the peculiar.

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“A wide-ranging and surprising account of some of the wilder and woollier areas of human belief and the outer limits of credulity.” --Louis Theroux

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845117566
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/9/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory L. Reece is an independent writer and scholar based in Montevallo, Alabama, whose research and publishing interests include philosophy of religion and the study of new religious movements. His previous books were Elvis Religion: The Cult of the King (2006) and UFO Religion: Inside Flying Saucer Cults and Culture (2007), both published by I.B.Tauris.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction 1

Pt. 1 Bigfoot in Paris 9

1 Bigfoot 11

2 Cryptozoology 45

3 The Spirit of Sasquatch 71

Pt. 2 Among the Arkansas Cave People 101

4 Lost Worlds 103

5 The Hollow Earth 129

Pt. 3 Psychic Brainwaves from Space 165

6 Ancient Wonders 167

7 Tesla Technology 193

Conclusion 221

Bibliography 227

Index 233

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