Title: The Night-Side of Nature or, Ghosts and ...
Publisher: Aquarian Press, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, UK
Publication Date: 1986
Edition: Reprint Edition.
Fine in Wraps: Flawless; binding square and secure; text clean. Virtually 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 451pp. Introduction by Colin Wilson. The Colin Wilson Library of the Paranormal Series, Volume One. Reprint Edition; Second Printing thus First published in 1848. Paperback. One of the first serious studies of the supernatural written in the English speaking world. As the author emphatically points out, in Germany this phenomena had been taken very seriously by psychologists and scientists for a long time and had come up with much incontrovertible material. The author provides a case-still relevant today as ever- as to why we simply cannot dismiss the reality of supernatural and parapsychologist phenomena simply because it cannot at this stage be seen by all or untypically measured. While this book is filled with fascinating and chilling anecdotes of ghostly events, hauntings and other paranormal phenomena. Crowe points out that the purpose of this book is far more then just mere amusement. The author engages the attention of the readers of this instructive digest because she points out that the opinions she advocates if seriously entertained would be indeed highly beneficial. This is as true of 160 years ago as it is today. As with today, the elites in control of thought i.e the educated classes, dismiss supernatural and psychical phenomena not due to a fair philosophical examination of the facts, which have induced the popular belief of all ages and countries. This dismissal is grounded in materials today as it may have once been grounded in the dogma of the Church, and can be found by unbiased studies to be nothing better than unreasoning and unreasonable prejudice. Crowe makes the point that the cases of supernatural haunting, psychic phenomena , ghosts etc are simply too numerous and too wheel known in all ages to be set aside so easily. and if this was written in 1848 , how much more so today -164 years after this book was written-when so many more cases have been recorded. As far as we see of nature, there is a continued series from the lowest to the highest, and it would be arrogant and short sighted to assume we are the last in the chain. The author would like us to us to familiarize us with the idea that people are spirits incorporated for a time in the flesh but the dissolution of the confection between soul and body though it changes the external condition of the former leaves its moral state unaltered. What a person has made themselves they will be, Hence those who are good and gentle in their past lives will be so in spirit form-and those who are brutish or spiteful so they will be so in the next life. This is not just a philosophical discussion however-the delight of the book is the hundreds of anecdotes recorded of dreams of loved deceased ones or of of impending or current death of a loved one. Crusading spirits writing wrongs, warning spirits averting disaster, inescapable spirits which once uleashed cannot be set to rest. Stories of wraiths, Doppelganger (doubles on oneselves seen by others or oneself) , poltergeists, apparitions, foretastes of the future life etc abound, and often they are recorded in such a way as to ensure us that there is more to it than imagination or coincidence. The meat of the book is in the anecdotes which are intriguing and sometimes chilling to read.Children are haunted by malevolent beings, which will not leave them until they are exorcized, objects dance about and crash around, people see loved ones who are far away at the moment of death, and predict their own deaths at the hour of happening, a mother hears a voice saying 'John is dead' at the moment of his death. and people see visitors that appear and disappear mysteriously and a re verified to have been seen by others. People enter their house and are told that they have been seen to enter minutes previously, only to see doubles of themselves in their houses. An instructive read and an important. Bookseller Inventory # 41413
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