Is the paranormal normal?
Many readers will be surprised when learning that reputable scientists, among them several Nobel laureates, have claimed that telepathy is a reality. Their curiosity will increase when reading that Cleopatra’s lost palace and Richard III’s burial place were recovered by means of clairvoyance. And some will think it to be science fiction when finding out about Stargate––the espionage program where the American military and CIA engaged in the development of psychic spies!
Simonsen, a Norwegian historian of ideas, introduces an array of entertaining paranormal tales from history, archaeology, anthropology and psychology, and presents scientific research that has provided fascinating results. He argues that the stories we hear about telepathy, clairvoyance and precognition ought not to be dismissed as superstition
In step with spiritual and occult traditions, the author suggests that consciousness is not limited to our own head. Rather he thinks that all humans (and perhaps all living beings) are linked together in a “Mental Internet.’ Via this network we may exchange ‘telepathic emails’ with friends and family and make clairvoyant ‘downloads’ of information. Thus perhaps what we usually call ‘supernatural’ is completely natural but little understood communications via this Mental Internet?
Our Secret Powers gives us a thoughtful and critical analysis of a controversial subject and would make an excellent travel companion.
Praise for Our Secret Powers
Our Secret Powers was very well received by reviewers and academics when it was published in Norway in 2013:
‘a sympathetic, charming and personal book,’ ‘easy to read,’ ‘a fine introduction to the misty landscapes of parapsychology.’
Tom Egeland, fiction author and critic, published in 26 countries
‘a great, exciting and well-written book’
Jan-Erik Ebbestad Hansen PhD, Professor of the History of Ideas, University of Oslo
‘This is an enchanting book––brimming with knowledge about the esoteric and the paranormal, presented in a joyous way that entertains, as well as educates, the reader.’
‘Simonsen gives the reader huge amounts of information, but manages to present it in a light, funny and eloquent way.’ ‘I can recommend Simonsen’s book for anybody interested in the paranormal.’
Anne Kalvig PhD, Professor of Religious Studies, author of The Rise of Contemporary Spiritualism
‘The author overviews an impressively broad scope of the research that has been conducted about- and within the paranormal field.’
Vinjar Fonnebo, MD, PhD, director of the National Research Centre in Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the University of Tromso