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Magic, Mystery, and Science: The Occult in Western Civilization

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  26 ratings  ·  4 reviews
"[P.D. Ouspensky's] yearning for a transcendent, timeless reality--one that cancels out physical disintegration and death--figures into science at some fundamental level.

Einstein found solace in his theory of relativity, which suggested to him that events are ever-present in the space-time continuum. When his friend Michele Besso passed on shortly before his own death, he
Paperback, 408 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Indiana University Press (first published October 1st 2003)
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Tim Pendry

A solid reasonably well written primer for anyone interested in all the ways that our species has tried to explain the world with limited data and on dubious assumptions.

Perhaps Burton and Grandy are a little too kind to some irrational thinking in the past. Perhaps we could do with a little more critical thinking in here about these ways of thought.

However, the book serves as a decent introduction for newbies to the varieties of occult thought in Western culture. Even 'old hands' will find some
A really excellent overview of the history of magic and the occult in the west, with a focus on the ways that magic and science have been much more closely related in the past than they are considered to be at present. The authors see the occult as having as much of a role in shaping Western civilization as Greek rationalism or Judeo-Christian beliefs. It's fascinating and highly readable. The only real downside is that since it touches on so many different topics and time periods, it's hard to ...more
Janice Liedl
A sweeping survey of occult beliefs across western history. Not strictly chronological, not strictly thematic but interesting nonetheless and full of great leads for readers to follow outside the book. I will be using this in a new course we hope to launch next year but I'll supplement with materials where I feel the collection is lacking.
What a cool read. I recommend reading this as a follow-up to Dawkins' The God Delusion for maximum mind-fucking.

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