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Out of Place in Time and Space: Inventions, Beliefs, and Artistic Anomalies That Were Impossibly Ahead of Their Time (Anglais) Broché – 15 août 2011

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Out of Place in Time and Space "Lamont Wood's excursion into the demonstrably anomalous is a time-warp experience delivered with style and wit. Buckle up for an eye-popping ride beyond the restrictions of consensus reality and into vaster realms of the extraordinary!"--Frank Joseph, editor of Ancient America Magazine and author of Unearthing Ancient America "Eminently readable and written with a wry sense of humor, this hugely ... Full description

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35 internautes sur 38 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Not out of place on a bookshelf of excellent books 14 août 2011
Par M. L Lamendola - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The subject matter is "off the beaten path," giving the reader something different from the normal fare. I also like Mr. Wood's writing style, which is conversational yet credible. His subtle use of humor also adds to the reading experience.

Prior to reading the book, I had steeled myself to possibly reading something that tries to build false "facts" out of minor coincidences. I'm happy to report that is not at all how Mr. Wood went about things.

Mr. Wood's approach was to look at the facts surrounding various artifacts or beliefs from the past and address the dominant theories and conjectures about them. In most cases, he debunked theories and conjectures using logic and/or related facts.

Many ideas about past artifacts don't stand up to such scrutiny (much like common beliefs today!). In some cases, Mr. Wood presented the truth. In other cases, he didn't have the facts to arrive at a soundly-reasoned conclusion so he presented no conclusion.

His sound research and solid analyses showed respect for the subjects covered and for the reader. While the facts he discloses may not be of practical value to the reader, they are interesting facts nonetheless. Learning from his example and methodology is of practical value to the reader. Too many people are gullible because they aren't familiar with the analysis process.

The blurb on the back jacket of the book is an accurate reflection of how the author approaches journalistic investigation. That's a rare approach today, but it's good to see it's not altogether gone.

By odd coincidence, while I was reading this book I also happened to read an article in the July 2011 issue of IEEE Computer Magazine. Chapter 2 of this book is "The Ancient Computer," and an 8-page article beginning on page 32 of the magazine discussed the process of decoding the mechanical programming of that very artifact. Nothing in the article contradicts anything in the book.

The book also has a fair number of photos and illustrations that help with understanding many of these topics. In some cases, the topics were not inherently straightforward, and Mr. Wood provided the clear explanations to get past that problem.

In the bibliography, I noticed a mix of sources of varying degrees of credibility. Given how everything in the book seems coherent, I'm not sure this is a problem from an authoritativeness standpoint. And the book doesn't have footnotes or backnotes to specific sources for specific facts.

I have a keen eye for factual errors and spotted only one in this book. So however he did it, Mr. Wood did his homework.

The error is a common one, and it's done in response to propaganda, revisionist history, and custom. It's an error that people need to stop making because the nature of that error perpetuates fraud. The war between the states (begun in 1861) was not a civil war. It was a war of secession. A civil war is one in which the insurgents try to seize the existing means of government. A war of secession is when they try to leave the existing government and start their own. To even "debate" this is absurd, as all of the evidence from the time points to a war of secession and not an iota of it points to a civil war.

This book covers 40 historical anomalies in 204 pages. It has a short biography and an index.
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A Little on the Light Side 8 septembre 2011
Par TrailsEndWild - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Reverse anachronisms, the "bleeding edge," and Ockham's Razor are all themes in the new book, "Out of Place in Time and Space" by Lamont Wood. The author starts off the book by warning the reader that if you are here looking for UFOs, ghosts, and paranormal activity, then you have come to the wrong place. Wood's book instead focuses on items and artwork depicting images of things that appear to be far ahead of their time, but mostly have a simple (read: common sense) explanation. This does not put Wood in the camp of debunkers and closed minded skeptics. It truly seems as if he just wants to present the information, like a gracious host, and step out of the way.

This fun, fast-paced read explores numerous topics ranging from the Voynich Manuscript to the Saqqara Bird and everything in between. The book goes beyond just physical objects that appear "out of place." It also explores the human mind and inventions that caused future careers to blossom and showed that some individuals really are just "ahead of their time."

The only draw back in the book, is in its simplicity. Usually that would be a good thing, but when delving into topics as hotly debated as the ones presented, it can seem if the writer just "wants out" of the discussion. Wood does not always devote the appropriate amount of time to each item. Rather he draws a conclusion and then (with a bit of wry witticism) doesn't really care if the reader agrees or disagrees with his assumptions. The style lends itself to the appearance of giving just a cursory glance at each "mystery."

For research purposes, the book was a little light in the bibliography department. Yes, a clear, seven-page bibliography is included, however it is heavy on fluff content. Citing Wikipedia screams lazy research and would never be accepted in a peer-reviewed, academic paper, let alone a serious book. Further, most of the websites that are cited present articles that are "non-bylined," making it impossible to determine the credibility of the original source.

Overall, the book plays out well and stays true to the warning that the author gives in the introduction. It is best classified as, "good for what it is." For an overview of each of the items presented, Wood's book does a great job. It is up to the reader to determine if they want to seek out more information. For those familiar with each of the "mysteries" in this book, it will feel like, "just not enough," so hardcore researchers beware. I would give this 3.5 stars in reality, but since Amazon doesn't do 1/2 stars, I'll give it a 4, simply for entertainment value.
17 internautes sur 20 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Wonderful presentation with many little known fascinating asides 6 août 2011
Par Silas Marner - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Am a pretty darned picky reader but this was a pleasure. Each item was well presented within its category and the entire book was a fine read. Mr. Wood gives the reader the opportunity for wonder without pushing any one given agenda. The wry asides are an added bonus.
2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
An unusual and interesting book 1 octobre 2011
Par Roger W. Elliott - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This is an unusual and curious book. The principal part of the book consists of 40 short chapters, each of which describes something from the past that includes some aspect inconsistent with that time but appropriate to a future time.

For example, the first chapter includes a discussion of a 1460 painting of the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child, who certainly appears to be holding a toy helicopter. Other chapters provide examples of similar time dissonance from archeology, architecture, literature, astronomy, technology, and numerous other disciplines. In some chapters, the author provides one or more arguments that provide a rationale for the issue being discussed. In others, the reader is left to ponder.

The author demonstrates an impressive mastery of a wide variety of different topics. The book is written in a breezy, informal style. One does not need to be a scientist or a philosopher to enjoy this book.

The book will be of interest to anyone with an interest in the anomalies that persist in our world. I suspect that many of the chapters in this book will find their way into speeches, lectures or sermons that need a puzzling historical reference to make them interesting.
7 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Won't Please the UFO Fundies 28 août 2011
Par OtherWorlds&Wisdom - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
The ancients weren't dumb barbarians. How smart they were can be seen in the pyramids and other ancient relics and writings. But often from modern perspectives we search for signs of "lost technologies" and clues that they were flying and building death rays. However, what we often end up doing, is transferring modern interpretations on things that were never meant to be seen that way. The strength of this book is that it shows many of these "out of time" artifacts aren't so strange. If you're looking for evidence of time travelers, you won't find it here. You'll find evidence of genius centuries ago. Some of the paintings certainly are odd to modern eyes. But UFOs? Some people will never give that up (Roswell and the Reich & Lights in the Sky & Little Green Men). A couple entries are out of place in a book on ancient mysteries (computers, internet, WWII). Some interesting tidbits, but those looking for great lost secrets, or those already familar with this subject matter, may not be overwhelmed by this effort.
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