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Many of the articles in this anthology and its companion volumes, Flying Saucer to the Center of Your Mind, The Outer Limits of the Twilight Zone, Searching for the String, The Great Phonograph in the Sky, and The Perspicacious Percipient: How to Investigate UFOs and Other Insane Urges, were revolutionary, and explored ideas popularized in Keel's classic books. Written in Keel's engaging trademark style, they are sure to delight fans with their fresh, unparalleled insights into the nature of reality.
John Keel displays the keen observational skills and investigative tenacity that made him the enfant terrible of ufology for decades. In this no-holds-barred analysis - much of it written decades ago - Keel shreds many of the sacred-cow beliefs still held in ufological and cryptozoological circles today, and presents theories so radical that they are only now becoming accepted: the 4-D or interdimensional thesis; the breakaway civilization theory; the possible role of ancient aliens in human history; the synthetic and/or hallucinatory nature of many alien abduction and Men in Black encounters; the role of spy agencies in paranormal research; and the alarming connection between UFOs, animal mutilations, and attacks on unsuspecting humans.
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By Barbara on 01-31-17
Would you try another book from John A.. Keel and Andrew Colvin and/or Bruce T. Harvey?
Yes, I have already.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
While these ideas are interesting, Keel's ego draws serious suspect on his recounts of things that happened. He's usually always mentioned by people who don't know him, the only one who can calm people, the only one who understands something, supposedly the best investigative journalist ever and everyone else except a select few are pathetic etc. There really are endless examples of this sort of white knighting, self importance through out all of his books and articles.The some people's ego needs to feel superior to everyone else, that it will in fact lie to fit that need. So, while his ideas are interesting and well thought out, his recounts of events are highly unbelievable and are most likely embellished, either on purpose or subconsciously. His name dropping is a bit of a supporting fact.
Again, it's not a horrible book. It's just you really need to keep in mind the guy was an ego maniac and take everything with a grain of salt.
Would you be willing to try another one of Bruce T. Harvey’s performances?
Oh my no. His accents are borderline racist or just absurd. I appreciate the effort, but when you make a man from India sound like a Chinese man, you just need to stop.
Was The Passionate Percipient worth the listening time?
Not really. Everything stated here is echoed in every other book. They're almost all exactly the same thing. Which is disappointing.
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