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Fringe-ology: How I Tried to Explain Away the Unexplainable—And Couldn't
 
 
Author
Steve Volk.
Publisher HarperOne  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.15 inches
ISBN 9780061857713
Pages/Publication Date 321/2011
Daedalus Item Code 33520
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Is paranormal the new normal? In this "sharply written, intelligently argued book that should appeal equally to believers and skeptics" (Booklist), Philadelphia magazine staff writer Steve Volk takes us on a strange and unsettling trip into the heart of the paranormal universe. More than 70 percent of Americans believe in paranormal activity, and Volk himself has a family ghost story lurking in his background, yet he has been, like most of those believers, reticent to talk about his experiences. Wondering why are we so reluctant to take such phenomena seriously, Volk investigates the world of psychics, UFOs, and things that go bump in the night. It's a rollicking ride, as Volk introduces us to a NASA astronaut-turned-mystic, a world-famous psychologist who taught us about dying and then decided death may not exist at all, and brave scientists attempting to verify what mystics have been reporting for millennia. As he finds out what happens in the brains of people undergoing religious experiences, learns how to control his own dreams, and goes hunting for specters in his family's old haunted house, Volk returns with a compelling argument: we need to allow for a middle space, where paranormal phenomena can be weird and compelling while perhaps raising crucial questions. It turns out that these "fringe" experiences may be at the core of what it means to be human.
 
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