Far Out: 101 Strange Tales From Science's Outer Edge

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Red Wheel Weiser, Oct 1, 2007 - Science - 240 pages
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Mark Pilkington charts some of the more curious byways, scenic detours, and inspired failures of scientists, inventors, and, yes, crackpots, over the past few hundred years.

From the Aquatic Ape Hypothesis to zero-point energy, via the Hieronymous Machine and Phlogiston, Far Out tells the stories that are all too often ignored, lost, or simply forgotten by conventional science books. Some of them are perhaps best left languishing in the margins of history, but others may yet change our future. Entries cover physics, chemistry, biology, archaeology, parapsychology, psychology, and other areas yet to be inducted into mainstream science, including radionics, keranography, erotoxin, and remote viewing.

Written in a succinct and engaging style, each piece provides a useful, self-contained introduction to its topic, and provides enough information to allow readers to discover more if they so desire.

Far Out is the latest in the unique CD-sized book format from Disinformation, following the best-selling 50 Things You’re Not Supposed To Know series by Russ Kick. Once again, the book is printed in two colors, with the entries arranged into sections, many with appropriate illustrations, diagrams, or photographs.

 

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Contents

052 Toads In The Hole 129
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053 Rock Sound 131
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054 The Megalithic Yard 133
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055 Can You Hear The Hum? 135
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056 The Fear Frequency 137
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057 Evil Odors 139
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058 The Fog 141
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059 Lunar Lights 143
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007 The Mechanical Messiah 27
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A Sticky Business 29
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009 N rays 31
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010 radionics 33
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The Perils Of State Science 35
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012 The Midwife Toad Affair 37
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The Cosmic Pulse Of Life 39
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014 High Life 42
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015 Electronic Voice Phenomena 44
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The Day The Earth Stood Still 46
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017 rogue Planet 48
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The International Grid 50
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019 Sea Monkeys 52
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020 The Mars Effect 54
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021 Plant Sentience 56
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022 Think Of A Picture 59
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Amazing Inventions and Spirited Inventors
61
023 Ancient Electricity 62
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What Goes Around 64
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The Celestial Bedmaker 67
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026 Nikola Tesla And Universal Energy 69
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027 Shocking Health 72
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028 Keelys Trickster Engine 74
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029 The Death Ray 77
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030 The First Mobile Phone Network? 79
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031 Science In Chains 81
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032 The Water Wizard 83
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033 The EMeter 85
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034 The Hieronymous Machine 88
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035 Dr Rifes Oscillating Beam Ray 90
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036 Time Travel TV 93
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The Cerebrophone 95
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038 The Neurophone 97
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Human Flying Saucers 99
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Kirlian Imagery 101
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041 The Poltergeist Machine 103
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042 Cold Fusion 106
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043 Starlite 108
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044 Extreme Noise Terror 110
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The Empires New Clothes 112
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046 Angel Light 114
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NATURAL MARVELS
117
Geology Adrift 118
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048 Pet Predictors 120
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049 Lifes A Gas 122
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050 Inner Journeys 124
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051 Dig It 126
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060 The Architects Of Mars 145
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061 By The Light Of The Silvery Moon 147
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062 Hot Rocks 149
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063 Meteoric Pop 151
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064 Space Gunk 153
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065 Strange Rains 155
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066 All Across The Universe 157
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067 Keranography 158
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068 Oceanic Auroras 160
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The Human Condition
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069 Where Are You? 164
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070 Martian Spoken Here 166
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071 The Near Dead Live 168
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072 The Stigmatics 170
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073 Mind Control 172
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074 Peer Pressure 174
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075 The Experimenter Effect 176
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076 Obedience 178
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077 Living In A Box 180
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078 Pain On The Brain 182
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079 The Original Frankensteins 184
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080 Our Friends Electric 186
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081 Mind The Zap 188
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082 Erototoxin 190
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083 Why Are We Sleeping? 192
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084 Junk DNA 194
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085 Its The DNA Talking 196
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086 Tuskos Last Trip 198
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087 Kinds Of Blue 200
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088 Rat Heaven 202
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FAR OUT
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089 Curses Foiled Again 206
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090 Water Witching 208
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091 Firestarters 210
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092 Strange Attractors 212
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093 Mind To Mind 214
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094 The remote Viewers 216
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095 The Vanishing 218
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096 Tuning In To The Global Mind 222
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097 The Weight Of The Soul 224
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098 Experiments With Time 226
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099 The Future Man 229
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Can We Change The Past? 231
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101 Damned Science 233
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR 236
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Mark Pilkington is a freelance journalist, writer, and editor. As well as writing the “Far Out” column for the Guardian on which this book is based, he has also written for The London Times, Fortean Times, Arthur, and The Wire, among others. He also edits the highly praised anthology of cultural marginalia, Strange Attractor, and runs Strange Attractor Press.

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