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Fringe-ology: How I Tried to Explain Away the Unexplainable-And Couldn't (Anglais) Relié – 7 juin 2011

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“A sharply written, intelligently argued book that should appeal equally to believers and skeptics.” (Booklist)

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“Fringe-Ologybrings a poet’s eye to the frayed edges between the known and unknown, beliefand skepticism. . . . A dive into the paranormal even a hardcore skeptic like myselfcan enjoy.” —Mat Johnson, author of Pym

Takea strange and unsettling trip into the heart of the paranormal universe asjournalist Steve Volk tries to answer some of the most fundamental questions atthe heart of human existence. Fringe-ology will appeal to anyone curiousbut cautious about reports of paranormal experiences, psychic phenomena, andother unexplainable events—anyone who has ever wondered about the existence anafterlife, intelligent life on other planets, or the limits of extrasensoryperception. For fans of Fringe, Mythbusters,Medium, Heroes, Nova, and Lost, Volk’sscintillating journey into mystery illuminates the furthest boundaries ofpossibility and wonder.

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48 internautes sur 50 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Cleansing the Taint From the Paranormal 12 juillet 2011
Par Rabbitdawg - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Steve Volk is a professional journalist, and that is the perspective he writes from in Fringe-ology. Although this is an intellectual quest on his part, his personally engaging style of writing pulls you in from page one.

I usually take my time reading books that I enjoy, because I like to savor them like a fine wine, not wanting them to end, yet like a romantic dinner, I can't help anticipating its direction.
Fringe-ology was hard to put down for long, so I found myself re-reading several of my favorite chapters to stretch out the experience. The introduction alone would have been worth the price of the book. It's that good.
Then there's the greater issue of the "Paranormal Taint", and the chapter on Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, or the effect that space travel has on Astronauts, lucid dreaming, the placebo effect and... I don't want to give too much away. Hint: there's more to the Paranormal Taint than you may think.

Fringe-ology has the feel and integrity of Debra Blum's Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death, except that Steve Volk covers a wider variety of phenomena and he approaches his subjects with a more personal touch.

He has caught a little bit of flak because at certain points the reader starts to think that Steve is about to 'give in' and pronounce his belief in a supernatural cause underlying the topics he covers, only to have him continue on and give the skeptics their legitimate day in court. At one point I started to write out a list of insights that I found worth making note of, but I abandoned that because I was enjoying the book too much to turn it into a job assignment. This is an informative mind-candy joy of a read, not a textbook.

The best metaphor that I can think of to describe Fringe-ology is that it's like reading a book length New York Times article / op-ed about the paranormal, with the honest information you would expect from a professional journalist, but with the personal engagement that you want from a novel. No axes to grind, no agenda's to fill, just pure intellectual inspiration.

I have quite a library of wide-ranging books relating to the paranormal, spirituality, science, myths and religion. If I were to start loaning them out one by one to someone unfamiliar with these topics, I would begin with Fringe-ology. It's a level headed yet exciting place to start.

Hands down, five stars. No question about it.
24 internautes sur 26 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
thought-provoking 10 juin 2011
Par M. Rosey - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I sort of lean toward the skeptical view, and I came to this book a little wary that the author might be overly credulous of paranormal researchers, but I think that Volk walks the line here with quite a bit of skill. This book is empathetic when it needs to be and dubious when it has to be. It's a journey through the science of the paranormal that seems both measured and wise. And Volk is a crackerjack writer. My favorite part was the chapter on Edgar Mitchell, the Apollo 14 astronaut. The book is worth its price for that chapter alone.
16 internautes sur 17 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Have you ever wonder about "the paranormal"? Then get this book! 25 juillet 2011
Par Neko-san - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Fringe-ology offers us a quick look at the grey areas that is not often shown in media. In this book, Steve Volk talks about the things that you politely dismiss with a giggle in a social gathering, but you wonder when no one is looking around. However, if you are still wondering, this is the book you should get to start.

I was made aware of this book by listening to interviews of Volk throughout several podcasts. On these, a chapter in the book about Lucid Dreaming was mentioned. This intrigued since I thought Lucid Dreaming was not fringe any more. In addition, I realized that I had listened to Volk previously as an interviewer in Skeptiko, and thought highly of him. So I gave the book a try.

This book is organized as follows:

Introduction: What We Talk About When We Talk About the Paranormal
1. On Death and Not Dying
2. Do You See What I See?
3. Out of Our Heads? Off with Their Heads!
4. Blazing Saddles
5. Was There a Ghost in My House?
6. To Infinity and Beyond
7. The Open Mind
8. The Impossible Dream
9. After-Death Communication?
10. You Can't Go Home Again
11. Our Time in Hell

I got Fringe-ology and went straight to Chapter 8. Volk's writing style struck me as enjoyable, and although Lucid Dreaming was not new to me, this chapter presented LaBerge and his research in this field in a new light. Suffice to say I devoured this chapter, and then I started reading this book the right way, from page one.

There is a lot of "paranormal" to consider in this book: Near-Death-Experience Research (Chapter I), Remote Viewing and Telepathy Research (Chapter 2), Consciousness Research (Chapter 3), UFO (Chapter 4), Thing that go BOOM in the night (Chapter 5), Meditation (Chapter 7), Lucid Dreaming (Chapter 8), and Induced After-Death Communication Therapy (Chapter 9).

In addition, this book humanizes the people that somehow had been touched by the paranormal. I get learn a bit about Kubler-Ross, Edgar Mitchell, Andrew Newberg, Stephen LaBerge, and Allan Botkin among others.

After reading this book, I realized that Volk's was voicing my own concerns with the paranormal. With Fringe-ology, I found that I was not so wrong of thinking that there are some gray areas, besides the black and white we a forced to adhere in society.
30 internautes sur 35 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
a classic in the field 11 juin 2011
Par Allan L. Botkin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
First of all, I want to make it clear that Steve discusses my work in chapter nine. I think he did a fair and even handed job of describing what I do. While I wish he would have been somewhat more enthusiastic in the end about my findings, Steve and I now share a relationship that is far more important than stroking each other in a professional way. Most importantly, we share living in that middle ground between extreme believers and extreme skeptics--i.e. people who have already made up their minds. It's nice for me to find someone else in the middle. Whenever I get a chance to talk with Steve, we never seem to have enough time. Our conversations are always very animated and enlightening. If you are anything like me, Steve Volk is the guy you want to talk to, or the guy whose book you want to read. In short, I find him to be one of the most interesting people on the planet.
I am absolutely conviced that his introduction chapter, which lays the groudwork for the future study of the "paranormal", is the best I ever read. It is truly a classic. The rest of his book follows in step, and desribes his own quest to make some personal (reporter) sense out of this rather broad and confusing world that exists on the edge, or at the fringe of science. He opens a new world for all people who are not already completly stuck in terms of what they believe is true or possible. I would also like to think that his book would even shake the conceptual foundations of people who are stuck.
7 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Enjoyable, Funny, And Sometimes Moving 6 février 2012
Par J. Meegan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I'm going to keep this review short and sweet. I am neither a hard-core skeptic, nor a hard-core believer. I came to this book as the result of the death of my grandmother last week. I wasn't necessarily looking for "proof" or "explanations" about the great beyond. But I was interested in hearing a bit more about the paranormal from the point of view of someone who appears to be smack in the middle like myself (from a belief standpoint). I have my own thoughts about what happens just before, during, and after death. So it was kind of cool to dive into a book that touched on the various mysteries of life without going too far into either corner. I never felt like the author was trying to convince me to buy into his line of thinking...and I definitely didn't feel he was being remotely unfair to his subjects or to those who oppose anything that smacks of, to use the author's favorite term, "hoo ha".

The one thing I did walk away from this book with was a deeper appreciation for how much the folks on either side of the paranormal wall (skeptics and believers) begin to resemble one another in their passionate support/disavowal of the paranormal. As someone who has often wondered if we do really have all the answers science seems to think, it was refreshing to be reminded that even a big time skeptic a la James Randi doesn't have all the answers, as much as he wishes he did.

I also really appreciated the very lengthy notes section at the back of the book with tons of links and book titles to allow for further exploration.

If you are looking for an interesting, entertaining, and sometimes deep read about all things paranormal....give this a try. If, however, you are looking for lots of true ghost stories, photos of spirits, etc...you may want to pass. This book would likely be enjoyed by those who read and liked Spook by Mary Roach (although I feel Roach's book falls more on the skeptics side of the fence than this one did).
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