The Shadow of Doubt
One may surely give oneself up to a line of thought, and follow it
up as far as it leads, simply out of scientific curiosity, or—if
you prefer—as advocatus diaboli, without, however, making a pact
with the devil about it . . . only that people unfortunately are seldom
impartial where they are concerned with the ultimate things, the great
problems of science and of life.
Adrift in the Fluidium
Mr. Peanut’s Bottle Rocket
During the first five years of my life, my family lived in a veterans’
housing project consisting of a dozen or so barrack-like row houses
set up along the Mystic River outside of Boston.
Insubstantial Pageants: Spirit Visions, Soul
1: The Eye of the Imagination
In the early seventeenth century, Robert Fludd, an Oxford-educated physician
of wide-ranging and esoteric learning, pictured the interior of the
brain containing several interlinked souls, including the imaginative
soul: “fantasy or imagination itself,” writes Fludd, “since
it beholds not the true pictures of corporeal or sensory things, but
their likenesses and as it were, their shadows.”
Synthetic Spectres: Theses on Anomalies
From science fiction to theme parks, from government cover-ups to papal
succession, from farmyard mutilation to cosmic phenomena, the paranormal
reads like a list of hot tabloid secrets.