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Book Title: Lo!|
The author of the book: Charles Fort
ISBN 13: 9781596050280
Edition: Cosimo Classics
Date of issue: May 15th 2004
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In Lo! Charles Fort writes about the kind of things—teleportation, spontaneous combustion, the “hive mind”—that have more recently been employed as themes in the Fox television series Fringe . To say Fort writes about “freak occurrences” seems like a misnomer; here he has collected so many reports of crews disappearing from ships, cigar-shaped airships flying overhead, and strange animals seen at sea that such events begin to seem much more commonplace than conventional thought would suggest. Although Fort’s approach to these phenomena is scientific, he frequently calls attention to the limits of science with regard to explaining these events. Indeed, his book can be read as a critique of science, not only insofar as the events he describes call science into question, but also inasmuch as the authorial tone he employs when discussing science is about the snarkiest you’ll read anywhere.
“I cannot accept that the products of minds are subject-matter for beliefs.”
“I am tired of the sensible explanations that are holding back new delusions.”
“I am simply pointing out everybody’s inability seriously to spend time upon something which, according to his [sic:] preconceptions, is nonsense.”
“This seems logical, and is therefore under suspicion.”
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Read information about the authorCharles Hoy Fort was a Dutch-American writer and researcher into anomalous phenomena.
Jerome Clark writes that Fort was "essentially a satirist hugely skeptical of human beings' – especially scientists' – claims to ultimate knowledge". Clark describes Fort's writing style as a "distinctive blend of mocking humor, penetrating insight, and calculated outrageousness".
Writer Colin Wilson describes Fort as "a patron of cranks" and also argues that running through Fort's work is "the feeling that no matter how honest scientists think they are, they are still influenced by various unconscious assumptions that prevent them from attaining true objectivity. Expressed in a sentence, Fort's principle goes something like this: People with a psychological need to believe in marvels are no more prejudiced and gullible than people with a psychological need not to believe in marvels."
Fort's books sold well and remain in print. Today, the terms "Fortean" and "Forteana" are used to characterise various anomalous phenomena.
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