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Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects from Antiquity to Modern… (edição 2010)

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One of the most ambitious works of paranormal investigation of our time, here is an unprecedented compendium of pre-twentieth-century UFO accounts, written with rigor and color by two of today's leading investigators of unexplained phenomena. 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.… (mais)
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Título:Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects from Antiquity to Modern Times
Autores:Jacques Vallee
Outros autores:Chris Aubeck
Informação:Tarcher (2010), Edition: Original, Paperback, 528 pages
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21st Century, History, Folklore, UFO, Paranormal,
  Magus_Manders | Dec 28, 2017 |
this is an interesting book co-authored by my favourite author on the topic (in fact, really the only one i still read on the subject).

jacques vallee's most important contribution to the field of 'ufology' was to change the debate from "are ufos real", as in, "are aliens and their spaceships visiting earth" to "there is a well-documented physical and emotional phenomena, with consistent characteristics that has been going on for much of recorded human history. what is it?"

he frustrates many of those inclined to believe the extra-terrestrial hypothesis (eth) but he's a scientist, and what anyone else thinks is not really his concern.

i quibble with the format of this book, and it is not necessarily required reading, but it has a place in your library along his 'trilogy' of dimensions, confrontations and revelations.

in the end, this book is really just one more in his 'call to arms' to scientists and researchers to ignore the noise of the eth adherents and start to treat this phenomenon as something worthy of serious study. sadly, almost 50 years into his work, it doesn't seem like we are any closer to this happening. ( )
  burningdervish | Nov 29, 2016 |
This book is a compilation of historical testimony reporting strange aerial phenomena. Rather than speculate on the nature and origin of UFO's, Valee (the real life model of the French scientist by Francois Truffaut in Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind") and Aubeck simply compile summaries and citations from historical writings spanning a thousand years. In the eleventh century, for example, Raymond de'Aguiiers, the Count of Toulouse wrote: "...we beheld a marvelous sign in the sky...there stood over the city a very large star, which, after a short time, divided into three parts and fell in the camp of Turks" (96). In a Seventeenth Century, we read a quote from a period document about a "Great Star which...gave so great a light, that some inhabitants here..could see to do business in the house by the light of it; one credible person here beheld it two hours together, and at last saw it turn into the perfect form of a Roman S, and then presently it divided in the middle, and one half went to the north-east, and the other to the south-eat, and so by degrees disappeared" (210). The book is a grab bag of anecdotes as told throughout time about strange things in the sky. Whether you believe UFO's are extraterrestrial in origin or not, this is a great compendium of aerial anomalies, free of wacky interpretations and such. In the book, the authors include several accounts of strange people or beings associated with the aerial phenomena described. If you're going to do research on UFO's, you're going to need historical research, a historical archive. This book is the best, the most exhaustive and most unbiased contribution to this kind of archive. But be forewarned... there's not much of a narrative, just a series of vignettes pulled from historical sources. ( )
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I will show wonders in the sky above, and signs on the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and billows of smoke. --Acts 2:19
There shall be Signs in the Sun, and in the Moon, and in the Stars. --Luke 21:25
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. --Albert Einstein, "What I Believe," Forum, October 1930
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FORWARD: In 1969 I was a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, pursuing a Ph.D. in the field of Folklore.
INTRODUCTION: Imagine that we have been transported back in time to Hamburg, Germany, on the 15th day of December in the year of the Lord 1547.
Ancient records of unknown phenomena in the sky pose special challenges.
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One of the most ambitious works of paranormal investigation of our time, here is an unprecedented compendium of pre-twentieth-century UFO accounts, written with rigor and color by two of today's leading investigators of unexplained phenomena. 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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