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"...these beautiful and joyous creations not only transcend our ordinary understanding of the material world, but confront our sense of the spiritual, too. To learn about the formations is remarkable enough, but to see and enter and savor them is truly awesome…poised as we are on the brink of ever more mind-blowing formations and hidden messages, it is a blessing that we have a guide as inspired as Andy Thomas."
—from the Foreword by Mike Leigh

"One of the best books on crop circles to emerge in years...Highly recommended."
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About the Author

Andy Thomas was born and bred in the south-east of England at Lewes, East Sussex, an area where he still lives today with his wife and son. A founder and member of the Southern Circular Research team (SCR), which carries out much active cerealogical work and has been holding regular public meetings since 1991, Andy is now editor of the popular website www.swirlednews.com, renowned for its outspoken and insightful reporting. He previously produced SC, the globally read bimonthly crop circle journal.

Andy has made numerous international radio and TV appearances, including television spots on The Learning Channel, The History Channel, and NBC's Today Show. He has been featured in many programs in his home country, the UK, as well as in overseas productions in places as diverse as Italy, Denmark, Japan, and Germany, and has appeared in various crop circle documentary videos.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Frog Books; Revised edition (December 16, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583940693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583940693
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When Andy Thomas' Vital Signs first came out in its UK edition in 1998, it was quickly seen as one of the best historical surveys of the post-1978 crop circle phenomenon. As a longtime editor of the journal of the Southern Circular Research group (now known as Swirled News at [...] as well as a top-notch researcher himself, Thomas had been looking long and hard at the crop formations, from every angle, both inside and outside the glyphs. With great persistence, a feisty spirit, and often hilarious drama at such venues as the annual Glastonbury Symposium and the International UFO Congress, Thomas remains one of the fiercest defenders of the true crop circles, and a defender as well of the hard research that's been done on the phenomenon over the years. I'm happy to see that Vital Signs has come out in an updated version in the US, incorporating the glyphs from the intervening years, including the 2001 season. Readers unfamiliar with the first edition will want to buy this version, one of the best overviews of the phenomenon.
Vital Signs begins with a painstaking presentation of the ground-level data, including the unusual layering and swirls of the downed crop, while providing important details of the scientific work that's been done analyzing the effects on the stalks and soil, establishing the reality of the phenomenon beyond all the hoaxing. It then goes elaborately into what's seen from up above: the pictorial shapes and beautiful geometries, uncovering the mathematics encoded in the shapes. Along the way, we also learn of the strange balls of light (BOLs) seen hovering over the fields and of the effects of crop circle energies on electronic equipment and the biological systems of humans and animals.
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EDIT of 30 Dec 09 to add pointer to all my reviews: Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog now offers all of my reviews sorted into 98 categories including Intelligence Extraterrestial (13 books, all with links back to Amazon) and Consciousness and Social IQ (127 books) and Cosmos & Destiny (15 books).

This is one of two first-rate books on crop circles and their implications for mankind that I recommend. This one is the "coffee table" book, with an absolutely sensational collection of clear color photographs that provide what I believe may be the single best collection of distinct crop circles at distinct times and places on the planet.

This book is however light on the text and the thinking. It should be read in conjunction with Opening Minds: A Journey of Extraordinary Encounters, Crop Circles, and Resonance by Simeon Hein, Ph.D.

I am persuaded of three things by these books taken together and my various other readings:

1) The Earth is alive and everything on it is a web of life that has a global consciousness--the butterfly effect and the mind over matter effects are real.

2) There exist other forms of intelligence at least equal if not vastly superior to ours elsewhere, and I speculate from some of this reading that we are a "diversity enhancer" for a larger constellation of planets, and that we may also be failing a longer-term test to determine if we are ready for inter-planetary interaction.

3) There are, between books like this and the many very intelligent people that tend NOT to go into politics, clear possibilities for our rising to the challenge. We simply have not focused as a Collective Intelligence or World Brain, and we need to do so before we destroy our planet and our species.

Both books are almost mesmerizing.
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Vital Signs is the most comprehensive guide to the beautiful and enigmatic crop circles ever written. Andy writes in a very clear and easy to read style, putting together an enormous amount of information, combined with loads of wonderful photos, many of them in color.
This book is a "must read" for any crop circle enthusiast.
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This is a graphically rich and comprehensive book full of beautiful photos and big ideas. Thomas stimulates our imagination and wonder about this mysterious phenomenon. However, like some other books in this genre, he fails to seriously address the issue of manmade crop formations. Nonewithstanding what some other reviewers on this page have said, manmade formations are a large, signficant, and important part of the crop circle scene. As many of these land art designs produce strange effects, like camera and battery failure, previously attributed only to "genuine" formations, books like Vital Signs need to address this aspect of the mystery, rather than simply dismissing manmade formations as "hoaxes." That being said, readers are bound to find this book a worthwhile and lasting investment.

(Dr. Simeon Hein is the author of OPENING MINDS: A Journey of Extraordinary Encounters, Crop Circles, and Resonance and PLANETARY INTELLIGENCE: 101 Easy Steps to Energy, Well-Being, and Natural Insight)
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Great book about the year by year history of crop circles as well as a sumation of all the different theories behind crop circles. Also discusses guidelines for judgeing real circles as opposed to hoaxed circles.
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