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A Short History of (Nearly) Everything Paranormal: Our Secret Powers: Telepathy, Clairvoyance, and Precognition by Terje G. Simonsen is an extensive, thought-provoking, and engaging assortment of the paranormal that includes lore, parapsychological evidence, and a variety of sources that feature scientists, archaeologists, and physicists. Simonsen successfully blends research and exploration to create an entertaining foray into the phenomena of the paranormal such as psi, crisis telepathy, and the Mental Internet. This short history delves into postwar physics, potential clairvoyant discoveries such as Cleopatra's lost palace, and organizations such as STEP and CSI.
The writing is clear and concise with a thorough compilation of research, evidence, and testaments from a variety of sources. Various examples featured throughout the book include Abraham Lincoln's dream that predicted his own assassination, finding the lost palace of Cleopatra, and discovering the burial place of Richard the Third through clairvoyance. Terje G. Simonsen has compiled a rich assortment of testaments and research from real sources that introduce you to a lesser-known history. The book focuses on the forms of psi called the Big Five which includes telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, telekinesis, and healing. Simonsen blends forgotten lore, research, and stories collected during trips that explore different avenues of the mind.
The book touches upon specific decades that saw significant aspects within the field such as postwar physics, the founding of CSI (which includes their dedication to debunk the paranormal such as the Starbaby affair of the late 1970s), and the search for patterns. A unique read that places history into a different perspective and leaves you thinking differently about paranormal abilities in our daily reality. A Short History of (Nearly) Everything Paranormal is thought-provoking, entertaining, fascinating, well-researched, and thorough.