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Unbelievable: Investigations Into Ghosts, Poltergeists, Telepathy, and Other Unseen Phenomena, from the Duke Parapsychology Laboratory Paperback – 9 Mar 2010
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"Some of the explanations here, backed by scientific fact, will send shivers up readers' spines."--Bust Magazine
Some of the explanations here, backed by scientific fact, will send shivers up readers spines. --Bust Magazine"
About the Author
Stacy Horn, a contributor to National Public Radio's All Things Considered, is the author of The Restless Sleep, Waiting for My Cats to Die: A Memoir, and Cyberville. She lives in New York City.
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Whether or not you happen to believe Unbelievable is beside the fact - the story is chock full of fascinating characters (Rhine himself, Hans Holzer, Aldous Huxley)and curious incidents that may or may not get explained. It's fascinating stuff, and whatever your natural inclinations, by the end you're likely to emulate Fox Mulder and at least want to believe.
Unbelievable is a well-researched quick study of the history of J.B. Rhine's parapsychological studies, including his approach, his results, his personality, and his interaction with other famous figures of the day. Many of these were household names for me growing up, and one (Bill Roll) I have met, but I felt like I was meeting the huge family for the first time as I read _Unbelievable._ It really gave me a feel for the people and the times. Although Stacy Horn covers territory that I have read about before, she covers several topics in-depth that I have not read about before. Specifically, I enjoyed:
1) Learning about Rhine's relationship with Eileen Garrett
2) His management of scoundrels (my word) such as Peter Hurkos and Andrija Puharich
3) A sensible and honest approach AT LAST to the real-life case over-dramatized in Blatty's "The Exorcist"
4) The history of interaction between the Rhine lab and Timothy Leary.
This isn't a spooky, scary, or sensationalistic book. It's a well-written piece of sympathetic journalism for fans of parapsychology who want to get a feel for the personalities and events that surrounded the research in Durham and the great man who helmed it.
Read my novel for an entertainingly realistic take on magic and the paranormal: School of the Ages: The Ghost in the Crystal
The author,Stacy Horn, does a fine job describing the various stages of Dr.Rhine's research, the highs and lows of this difficult task and the excitement of the public in their anticipation of positive proof of telepathy. Even great personalities like Einstein, Upton Sinclair, Margaret Mead and others were curious and followed up on the development of this elusive research. Finally, however, the scientific world could not accept the principles and results of Dr. Rhine's research. Sadly, more than 30 years of research were declared inconclusive and Dr. Rhine moved on to work on other projects.
The general reader will find this book interesting but may have to skip through some of the detailed descriptions of the experiments.