L'inconnu: The Unknown

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Harper & brothers, 1900 - Parapsychology - 487 pages

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Camille Flammarion was called in an 1894 magazine profile someone “who has done more toward popularizing the study of astronomical science than any of his contemporaries." He can be regarded as the Carl Sagan of his age. But unlike Sagan (who smugly rejected the paranormal) Flammarion did a great job of documenting it. The most interesting part of this book is the very long Chapter 3, in which Flammarion presents 181 accounts of "manifestations of the dying." These are cases in which seemingly paranormal events occurred at the time of someone's death. Many are apparition sightings. Others are cases in which someone was struck by some dramatic feeling, sight or sound, and later found at that exact hour a friend or relative of his has died. This is fascinating material that deserves much more attention than it has received. Also very interesting is the evidence the author presents for ESP and precognitive dreams. Almost all of the material presented consists of accounts originally presented in this book after being sent directly to the author. Overall, this book is a neglected classic of parapsychology.  

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