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

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

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By (author) Gregory L. Reece

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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 216mm x 20mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 9 December 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1845117565
  • ISBN 13: 9781845117566
  • Edition statement: First.
  • Sales rank: 660,666

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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.

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Gregory L Reece is an independent writer and scholar based in Montevallo, Alabama, whose research and publishing interests include philosophy of religion and the study of new religious movements. His previous books were Elvis Religion: The Cult of the King (2006) and UFO Religion: Inside Flying Saucer Cults and Culture (2007), both published by I.B. Tauris.

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By Trevor Hawkeswood 19 Oct 2014 4

Book Review: Weird Science and Bizarre Beliefs by Gregory L. Reece

This is a paperback book of 238 pages. The book summarizes information regarding mysterious creatures, lost worlds and amazing inventions, including those of the famous tesla.

The book opens with an account of Bigfoot, the hairy wild man of the western USA as well as the Abominable Snowman (from the Himalayas), Sasquatch (from Canada) and a frozen ice man from the USA. The author relates how he went on an ill fated night trip to find the Bigfoot but the weather was so shocking that the research team and the author became stranded on a small island overnight in the middle of a dense swamp.

The next chapter deals with Mothman, the Loch Ness Monster, Wendigo, the Skin-Walker, Chupcabras and Man-Wolves. The author is able to procure information from many witnesses but has no luck in observing these creatures first hand and is therefore skeptical. He cites the work of John Keel who believed a lot of these monsters and ghosts etc. observed by people through the centuries, had arrived from another dimension through various time and space portals. In the next chapter the reader is provided with more data and discussion on Bigfoot including the Fouke Monster from Arkansas. There’s a weird black and white picture of a supposed dead specimen of the Fouke monster on page 98 but it could be anything, including a dead dog! The next chapter deals with Atlantis, Mu and Lemuria, the lost worlds of antiquity which nobody seems to be able to find, despite ancient records claiming that they did exist.

The next chapter deal with a lot of weird beliefs such as the Hollow Earth theory and Symmes Holes- a nutcase by the name of John Cleve Symmes once said that the Earth is hollow and inhabitable within. Well some parts may be hollow at the crust but not at the core or between -thats the present scientific thinking! The most interesting account on this chapter is the diary of an Admiral Byrd, which needs further research. Byrd claimed that he went into a concave part of the Earth at the North Pole which eventually opened up into the interior of the Earth where there were tropical plants, animals and even human life! It is also possible that Byrd was a “cuckoo-clock” who dreamed up this story or hallucinated it while on a trip over the North Pole. But there again he could have actually passed through one of those space portals into another dimension- who can really say?!

The next chapter deals with flying saucers (UFOs) from India known as Vimaanas and other subjects such as pyramid power relating to transcendental mediation and the like. The last chapter mostly outlines the technology of Nikola Tesla. Apparently it was stated that Tesla also designed a spaceship which left the Earth with him in it but this story seems to be a bit too fanciful. The last part of this chapter deals with the horrific outcome of the Philadelphia Experiment that actually went wrong and killed a number of sailors. The US Government of course has denied that this time dilation experiment ever occurred.

Theres a small bibliography and index at the end of the book. The book summarizes and outlines many weird beliefs and sightings of strange creatures etc. but these have been outlined much more extensively in other books. For instance there is a vast literature on Bigfoot and Atlantis a well as UFOs etc. However some of it may be useful for researchers and others and should be good introductory material for those interested in these topics.

Dr Trevor J. Hawkeswood
Author: Beetles of Australia (1987), Host plants of Chrysomelidae of the World (1995), Spiders of Australia (2003) and Light and Dark (2013)

Review quote

"A wide-ranging and surprising account of some of the wilder and woollier areas of human belief and the outer limits of credulity." --Louis Theroux