The latest issue of the Journal of Scientific Exploration includes my review of Jack Hunter’s recent book Greening the Paranormal, an anthology of essays about how the natural world and the “paranormal” world turn out to be one and the same. Packed with fascinating firsthand experiences as well as more scholarly reflections on the role of the paranormal in nurturing healthy human relationships with the rest of nature, this book is challenging and thought-provoking, and well worth the read.
Here are the first few paragraphs of my review, to get you started:
Far from a dispassionate survey of the intersection between ecology and parapsychology, Jack Hunter’s recent anthology Greening the Paranormal is a collection of the deeply personal insights and discipline-defying questions that have arisen from the contributors’ lived contact with some of the strangest aspects of the natural world.
From the very first page of Paul Devereux’s Foreword, we are confronted with the inexplicably extraordinary: Devereux’s sighting of a “green man” at the fork of a road in the Irish countryside.
Suddenly, standing on the grass, there was a figure, between two and three feet tall. It was anthropomorphic and fully three-dimensional. . . . It had sprung into appearance out of nowhere, and it caught my wife’s and my own transfixed attentions simultaneously.
The figure was comprised of a jumble of very dark green tones, as if composed of a tight, dense tangle of foliage. . . . It presented a distinctly forbidding appearance. As we
crawled past in our car, the figure started to turn its head in our direction, but then vanished. (pp. xi–xii)
If that doesn’t pique your interest, I don’t know what will!