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

Gregory L Reece

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

Does the giant Yeti roam the mountain ranges of Tibet? Does a real-life Shangri-La lie waiting to be discovered in a Himalayan valley? Do transmissions from lost civilizations beam messages of salvation to humankind? What lost creatures lurk in the murky depths of Scotland's brooding Loch Ness? And who - or what - is responsible for the implacable monoliths which tower over Easter Island? The obsession that so many now have with the uncanny and unnatural is itself a mystery. It prompts serious questions which could have remarkable answers. Drinking deep from the wells of esoteric knowledge, Greg Reece undertakes a heroic quest for solutions. 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. 3.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews
Weird Science and Bizarre Beliefs: Mysterious Creatures, Lost Worlds and Amazing Inventions

Omniscore:

Classification Non-fiction
Genre Science & Nature, Paranormal & Supernatural
Format Paperback
Pages 224
RRP £10.99
Date of Publication September 2008
ISBN 978-1845117566
Publisher I B Tauris & Co
 

Does the giant Yeti roam the mountain ranges of Tibet? Does a real-life Shangri-La lie waiting to be discovered in a Himalayan valley? Do transmissions from lost civilizations beam messages of salvation to humankind? What lost creatures lurk in the murky depths of Scotland's brooding Loch Ness? And who - or what - is responsible for the implacable monoliths which tower over Easter Island? The obsession that so many now have with the uncanny and unnatural is itself a mystery. It prompts serious questions which could have remarkable answers. Drinking deep from the wells of esoteric knowledge, Greg Reece undertakes a heroic quest for solutions. 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.

Reviews

The Guardian

Jad Adams

His lightly written book wants "to celebrate weird science and bizarre beliefs", which is more subversive than it seems, for the paranormal always strives for respectability; to treat it as a mere entertainment is showing disrespect. Reece, who has previously worked on the "religions" of Elvis and of UFOs, remarks that many of the bizarre beliefs he writes about are held in the way that other people hold more traditional religious beliefs. He is, however, unwilling to ask why people want to believe in these things in the modern age.

10/01/2009

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