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Natural and Supernatural: A History of the Paranormal from the Earliest Times to 1914 Paperback – June 11, 2012
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It's a big book at over 450 pages with an almost 20 page bibliography of sources. This is over 450 pages of data with no filler. It's page after page of experiences investigators had when they investigated paranormal claims, as well as the responses of their colleagues and critics, and theories to try to explain what they experienced, or vise versa--to explain it away as some natural occurance or hallucination. Inglis does an excellent job of only focusing on those investigators who had high academic credentials or a high social standing and reputation in their community. That's why I said, it's the best evidence. He scrupulously examines the experiments they set up to test for the phenomenon, especially with mediums. He goes through the whole controversy that existed during the 19th century regarding mediumship and examines the issue from all sides. Inglis goes from the earliest times of shamanistic and ancient cultures through the early 20th Century, but the bulk of the work focuses on the period after the year 1700, especially the 1800's when spiritualism was popular and the society for psychical research was started.Read more ›