- Tapa blanda: 508 páginas
- Editor: Jeremy Tarcher Publ (19 de noviembre de 2010)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1585428205
- ISBN-13: 978-1585428205
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Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects from Antiquity to Modern Times (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 19 nov 2010
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In the past century, individuals, newspapers, and military agencies have recorded thousands of UFO incidents, giving rise to much speculation about flying saucers, visitors from other planets, and alien abductions. Yet the extraterrestrial phenomenon did not begin in the present era. Far from it. The authors of Wonders in the Sky reveal a thread of vividly rendered-and sometimes strikingly similar- reports of mysterious aerial phenomena from antiquity through the modern age. These accounts often share definite physical features- such as the heat felt and described by witnesses-that have not changed much over the centuries. Indeed, such similarities between ancient and modern sightings are the rule rather than the exception.
In Wonders in the Sky, respected researchers Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck examine more than 500 selected reports of sightings from biblical-age antiquity through the year 1879-the point at which the Industrial Revolution deeply changed the nature of human society, and the skies began to open to airplanes, dirigibles, rockets, and other opportunities for misinterpretation represented by military prototypes. Using vivid and engaging case studies, and more than seventy-five illustrations, they reveal that unidentified flying objects have had a major impact not only on popular culture but on our history, on our religion, and on the models of the world humanity has formed from deepest antiquity.
Sure to become a classic among UFO enthusiasts and other followers of unexplained phenomena, Wonders in the Sky is the most ambitious, broad-reaching, and intelligent analysis ever written on premodern aerial mysteries.
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Jacques Vallee is one of today's most widely respected researchers of unexplained aerial phenomena. He earned a master's degree in astrophysics while living in France and holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Northwestern University. Vallee is the author of several books about high technology and unidentified phenomena, including the seminal work Passport to Magonia, published in 1969. He lives in San Francisco.
Chris Aubeck has compiled the largest collection of pre-1947 unexplained aerial cases in the world. In 2003, he cofounded the Magonia Project, a remarkable network of librarians, students, and scholars of paranormal history on the Internet. The group has accumulated thousands of references, searched media archives in several languages, and scanned hundreds of hard-to-find books, scholarly journals, and magazines. Aubeck lives in Madrid, Spain.
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This book is well-formatted, well-written, and easy to browse by time period. Although, if I were you, I'd buy a hundred new bookmarks so that you can keep track of the most significant events in history.
Something weird is going on. No denying that. This book confirms it well. Even if you accept a small portion of these sightings, you've got a weird new paradigm to accept.
Highly recommended! Also you might want to check out other works on Aliens by Vallee, Richard Dolan, Jim Marrs, Nick Redfern, John Mack--to name a few. :)
Some of the reports relate to objects witnessed spreading a "mist" over populated areas, only to have plagues & diseases come on the heels of that "seeding". This book is sprinkled with nearly 70 illustrations & works of art purportedly of objects spied in the skies.
This is an extensive compilation and the authors readily admit that many of the reports are EXTREMELY sketchy, or the information was published relatively recently with no mention of the original source. As with any compilation of reports, after awhile it does get a bit boring. But it is not intended to be REPRESENTATIVE of particular types of phenomena, it is intended to provide ALL available information that is at least modestly credible.
The authors admit that many of the reports need better source information and ask that anyone with relevant information publish it.
This book isn't really for folks who just want some general information on the UFO phenomenon, it's really for people who are already familiar with the literature covering Ken Arnold forward and want more depth and background.
Such a review is possible because of the Internet, which makes available many old documents, records and books for perusal by scholars and researchers. Vallee and Aubeck selected what they regard as the most credible sightings from a much larger pool. At first, I was a bit disappointed to see the book is mainly a list of mostly small paragraphs describing an item, with date, place and source, arranged by century. But once I started reading, I found the descriptions fascinating and could begin to see some patterns in the listings, which come from all over the world, but with a preponderance from the UK.
The authors confined themselves to mainly objects (some just balls of fire or lights) in the sky, with a smaller number of listings that include entities. It becomes clear as you read that people see things consistent with their cultural environment including how they interpret entities. During some periods, the entities are angels or messengers from God, other times they are fairies and "little people" and at other times they are devils and demons. In our own times, they are aliens from other planets, but this book does not cover the so-called modern UFO era dating from Kenneth Arnold's sighting of flying saucers in 1947.
The objects too have various descriptions. The Chinese describe most aerial phenomena as "dragons." Prior to the 18th century, objects were often described as ships sailing through the air. Witnesses describe ships consistent with their era and often with people on them. In ancient times, witnesses saw armies fighting each other in the sky. The "fighting armies" descriptions are especially puzzling. Did they really see people with swords and shields up in the air, or were these weather phenomena that looked like armies?
Speaking of shields, in historical times, witnesses often said the objects were "flying shields." In all times, witnesses describe both the appearance and the duration of the sighting in terms of their every day experiences. For instance, a sighting lasted as long as it takes to "say two Te Deums" or the time to sing "six sharakans" or the object was the color of "heated iron" or it looked like "a big man's hat." Their comparisons are often to things we today do not use or know anything about. Is "shield" a similar description to "saucer?" Is a "flying hat" similar to a "flying triangle?"
The authors do not accept the standard reply of scientists that all aerial phenomena can be explained in a rational way as natural events. In the Introduction, Vallee takes a poke at Stephen Hawking, who has expressed his disdain for UFO research and has asked why UFOs only appear to "cranks and weirdoes." Vallee refutes this with evidence that many sightings are from very reliable witnesses, often pilots and military people, and further, that these unexplained events have actually played a major role in the history of humanity. Clearly, he feels the scientific community is only displaying arrogance in ignoring this phenomenon. The conclusion to the book states that "...the so-called `rational' explanations proposed by academic experts are often as delusionary as the most fanciful reports, and they fail to account for the observed facts in the same way."
However, Vallee himself is careful to keep separate his two big interests: his role in computer networking history and his role as a UFO researcher. He is currently a Silicon Valley investment capitalist and in that role, he does not promote his UFO books. I have recently read and reviewed his book (which I discovered by chance), The Heart of the Internet, and found it an excellent first-person account of early work at SRI that led to the Internet, and a fascinating other side of the man, Jacques Vallee. He wears both hats very well, but is even he afraid of being thought of as a "nut" for his work on UFOs?
The authors do not offer a theory contradicting the usual "aliens from outer space" explanation, but do have a short section at the end of the book that provides some minimal conclusions. The best we get from them in terms of what they think these sightings are is "We suspect that the data we have compiled in our Chronology indicates the presence of a previously unknown physical element." I guess we'll have to content ourselves with that for now.