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Charles Fort's parade of scientific anomalies frames the larger anomaly that is human existence. "Lo!" is a book with the capacity to rewire brains and sculpt new lenses for seeing the unexpected, the unexplained--and perhaps for glimpsing our own role in Fort's mystifying cosmic scheme.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 15th 2004 by Cosimo Classics (first published 1931)
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Jan 25, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The skeptic (you know who you are)
Shelves: paranormal
In Lo! Charles Fort writes about the kind of things—teleportation, spontaneous combustion, the “hive mind”—that have more recently been employed as themes in the Fox television series Fringe . To say Fort writes about “freak occurrences” seems like a misnomer; here he has collected so many reports of crews disappearing from ships, cigar-shaped airships flying overhead, and strange animals seen at sea that such events begin to seem much more commonplace than conventional thought would suggest. A ...more
Norman Howe
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
In this book"," Charles Fort examines extreme phenomena"," and the mysterious forces behind them. His musings suggest that the universe is a much stranger place than anyone imagines"," and that even scientists may not know what is going on.While some of his ideas are crazy"," which he admits"," they certainly make me think twice before I believe anything – even my own senses.
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is among my favorite books of all time. Tongue in cheek, devils advocate, believe nothing, our perception is small treatise. Fort's writing style has a brilliantly off kilter rhythmic, un-reproducible quality that accents unpredictable comedic timing. A must read for any one into philosophy, semantics, metaphysics, sci-fi, horror, and especially ASTRONOMY!
Sep 02, 2015 rated it liked it
An entertaining read but the emphasis on meteorological anomalies becomes a little tiresome in the end. Ultimately Fort undermines his own position by using copious empirical data to argue that one cannot understand the world by empirical methods. Philosophically I think Fort is at his best when he is most Platonist and at his weakest when he is most Monist.
Christopher Sutch
Jul 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book demonstrates that Fort was a master of inductive reasoning... and also why inductive reasoning is unreliable. Still, very funny, witty. And I can always get behind the poking of complacent scientists.
Kristen Page
Aug 14, 2012 marked it as to-read
Prepare to be amused, astonished, or alarmed, according to nerve and judgment!
Cristian Hernandez
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It was awesome! So many twists and turns, but very wierd
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Charles Hoy Fort was a Dutch-American writer and researcher into anomalous phenomena.

Jerome Clark writes that Fort was "essentially a satirist hugely skeptical of human beings' – especially scientists' – claims to ultimate knowledge". Clark describes Fort's writing style as a "distinctive blend of mocking humor, penetrating insight, and calculated outrageousness".

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“[Wise men] have tried to understand our state of being, by grasping at its stars, or its arts, or its economics. But, if there is an underlying oneness of all things, it does not matter where we begin, whether with stars, or laws of supply and demand, or frogs, or Napoleon Bonaparte. One measures a circle, beginning anywhere.” 21 likes
“But some of us have been educated by surprises out of much that we were 'absolutely sure' of...” 5 likes
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