How I Tried to Explain Away the Unexplainable--and Couldn't

eBook - 2011
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"Fringe-ology is a rollicking narrative journey into the unexplored territory where modern science and the paranormal converge. In it, reporter Steve Volk peeks over an anesthesiologist's shoulder as he claps a mask over a patient's face and leads us on an exploration of the deepest realm of our being. He sits beside a world famous psychologist whose research entailed watching patients die, and who concluded that death is not the end, a belief that set her own legendary career aflame. He pores over psychical research conducted by military scientists that concluded psi-phenomenon exists, and watches quantum physicists battle over the results. He offers intimate accounts of individuals who have life-changing paranormal experiences, but because of modern social stigmas must be very discreet about sharing them. Volk interviews people claiming to have been abducted by aliens, and meets a N.A.S.A. astronaut whose trip to outer space turned him into a passionate paranormalist. He investigates what happens in the brains of people undergoing a religious experience, and learns how to control his dreams. He goes hunting for specters in some of this country's most renowned haunted locations, and even wrestles with his own family's mind-bending ghost story. In the end, what Volk discovers is that there is enough mystery left in the world to humble us all, and that out of this humility arises the opportunity to answer some of the most fundamental questions that lie at the heart of human existence: Is there a God? Are we alone in the universe? What happens when we die?"--
Publisher: New York : HarperOne, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062092120
Characteristics: 1 online resource (321 p.) :,ill
Alternative Title: Fringeology


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JCLAmyF Aug 06, 2014

Steve Volk takes the difficult - and, I think, admirable - position that we just do not have all the answers yet. Human psychology is such that we don't sit too comfortably with uncertainty, but Volk writes that some of our greatest mistakes have come from jumping on one bandwagon or another just for the sake of feeling more secure. Volk discusses the huge number of "paranormal" (which he is quick to point out technically means "a thing we haven't discovered the scientific reason for" and does not necessarily mean something "supernatural") occurrences across historical time and all cultures and places. Super interesting as a study of the paranormal, human psychology, or possibly... both.

understandinglife Oct 01, 2011

I really enjoyed this book. especially the chapters on Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and Edgar Mitchell. I also found the author's personal experience with the subject to be quite interesting.

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