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Charles Fort's parade of scientific anomalies frames the larger anomaly that is human existence. "Lo!" is a book with the capacity to rewire brains and sculpt new lenses for seeing the unexpected, the unexplained--and perhaps for glimpsing our own role in Fort's mystifying cosmic scheme. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Cosimo (May 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596050284
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596050280
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,480,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By rickey l. esteves sr on January 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Being an avid reader of John Keel,Ivan Sanderson,Colin Wilson,etc.for the last 30 years I only recently began reading Mr.Fort himself.My first book that I read by him "the book of the damned" was interesting but quite disappointing when compared to people like Keel and such.However,"Lo!" on the other hand is just what I was looking for.A vast collection of Forteana.Weird rains,vampire attacks,ghosts,sea monsters and other creatures,disappearances,ufos-whatever you want,it's in there.This is a book that should keep you focused for hours on end as it is great reading.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Carrie Laben on April 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Charles Fort is considered the venerable grandfather of anomalistic literature, and with good reason - his works are a fantastical Sears-Roebuck of frogs falling from the sky, rocks thrown by invisible hands, spontaneous human combustion, and people who disappear and reappear at random. If you're going to be in the field at all, you should read your Fort.
Of course, that's not to say that he's perfect. Fort's tongue-in-cheek message about science and the nature of reality is easy to misunderstand, and he doesn't do anything to help the situation with a dense, run-on prone style of prose. For the researcher, his occasional lack of documentation is also frustrating.
All in all, though, this is definitely a book worth checking out if you can find it.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
It seems that many people's complaints about this book is that Mr. Fort never explains his exact view. However, this is what is so wonderful; he doesn't crowd out your own thoughts with his own dogmatic beliefs. He leaves room for you to draw your own conclusions. I'm 12 and I understand this book perfectly. Maybe it is that you need to open your mind to accept the unexplained, to have imagination. "We will pick up an existence by its frogs."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By drew hempel on August 4, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Well I ran into another Ace classic pulp edition of LO! and found it not only worth a third read (that in itself says it all) but a book profoundly liberating.

LO! takes on Einstein by detailing peer-reviewed, academic, empirical studies which contradicted Einstein's theory. Back when Fort wrote LO! such "walking the plank" manuevers by any writer would be considered unfortunate at best. Today though, with the upsurge of Modified Newtonian Dyanamics (MOND) to account for the missing 96% of the universe (of whatever) Charles Fort has finally come into his own.

The man was a genius because he runs the gamut of possible explanations for his "damned facts" but does so in a writing style that competes with Beckett or Joyce.

Those damned teleporting whirlwinds! With quantum electronics repeatedly verifying faster-than-light signals (not just "after the fact" randomized superliminal information that was correlated) Fort's teleporting whirlwinds are now in the lab!

If anything, for those who find Fort's conjectures hard to digest, he at least recreates the grand wonder of discovery, showing how essentially humans are puny little nodes in a vast network of self-organizing complexity. But then that's what the top science research states as well, although most of the "real" scientists are psychologically not able to handle the new power laws of network theory.

That's why LO! should be required reading for all "serious" scientists.

Why limit ourselves?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Camp on May 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
Way up on that old misty mountain
Where the bear and the catamount range,
A pale ghostly light
Can be seen every night
That no scientist or hunter can explain.
-- "The Brown Mountain Light"

_Lo!_ (1931) is the third of Charles Fort's four stranger-than-science books and the last to be published during his lifetime. His final book, _Wild Talents_ (1932), was published a few months after his death. The title for the book was suggested by Fort's friend Tiffany Thayer. It was meant to be a satirical reference to astronomers who were constantly predicting that a heavenly body would appear in the sky when nothing would in fact be there. It was a joke that backfired. A bit later, Pluto was discovered where Percival Lowell calculated that it would be.

Charles Fort (1874--1932) was a quiet, walrus-shaped man who delighted in creating strange games and collecting natural history artifacts. He was an Hegalian and a self-professed skeptic. But most of all, he was keenly interested in researching anomalies, strange phenomena, and odd occurances that he believed could not be readily explained by orthodox science. He hoped to accumulate a mass of "data" or "damned information" that would serve as an Hegelian antithesis to a scientific thesis.
Fort waxes satirical about what he called the Scientific Priestcraft, but he is also satirical about himself and his sources of information: "Lies, yarns, hoaxes, mistakes-- what's the specific gravity of a lie, and how am I to segregate?" (chapter one). Elsewhere, Fort warns the reader that his works should be considered more fiction than fact. His tongue is always firmly in his cheek, and his humor is one of his most endearing traits as a writer. He is not trying to make us true believers in a single cause.
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By Victory on March 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
I stumbled upon this book one day many years ago in a dark corner of the cavernous University library. I started reading (if you call it reading) it, and absolutly could not put it down! It is basically a list of weird and difficult to explain incidents recorded throughout history and the world. If you have an imagination, it will REALLY stir it. If you don't, then you probably won't like it.
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