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Every year I read another book from my trip to Park City This year Whisperers by J.H Brennan was selected Often the books selected don t fit mainstream thought as this one The author writes this book based on research conducted as part of his educational pursuits Taking a historical approach, he presents the argument that people, interacting with spirits, have influenced the world in which we live From communion with the gods, early E A book claims to be scientific, unfortunately remains all pseudo scientific, without any proper scientific research, only simply saying we know spirits exist with a bunch of wikipedia copy paste for historical facts and relying solely on Julian Jaynes book 1976 Do not let the bibliography at the end There were moments when I really loved this book, but too often I found myself frustrated by the generalizations, the mistakes I don t care if you re Irish you shouldn t spell Ronald Reagan s name wrong multiple times and the way it devolved, in the end, into rambling accounts of ghost hunting I guess I hoped fordaring conclusions, or at least an interesting theory or two of the author s own He spent a lot of time on Jaynes bicameral mind, about which I had mixed feelings And some of There were moments when I really loved this book, but too often I found myself frustrated by the generalizations, the mistakes Interesting history of spiritualism from ancient times to the present I found the most fascinating aspect was investigating the theories of quantum physics and psychological experiments to explain the phenomenon of psychic mediums, shamans and those who have witnessed paranormal activity. [ FREE BOOK ] ♵ Whisperers ♪ It May Seem Incredible, But As J H Brennan Reveals In This Eye Opening New History, There Is A Wealth Of Evidence To Suggest That Such Whisperings Are Not Only Possible, But That They Have Occurred Again And Again, Subtly Directing The Course Of Human EventsIn Whisperers, Bestselling Novelist And Expert On The Occult J H Brennan Explores How The Spirit World Whether We Believe In It Or Not Has Influenced Our Own Since The Dawn Of Civilization With A Novelist S Flair And A Scholar S Keen Eye, Brennan Details The Supernatural Affinities Of World Leaders From King Nebuchadnezzar To Adolf Hitler, Showing How The Decisions And Policies Of Each Have Been Shaped By Their Supernatural Beliefs And Encounters Brennan Also Examines The Impact Of Visions, From Shamanism In Native Cultures To Prophets Such As Joan Of Arc Chronicling Millennia Of Contact Between The Spirit World And Our Own, Whisperers Presents An Entirely New And Different Way To Look At History Couldn t continue Gave it 100 pages and stopped.The premise is interesting Spirits either real or imaginary play a huge role in determining all sorts of decisions Policy decisions, acts of war, genocides and a whole range of farmundane decisions are made based on spiritual guidance or the belief in such a thing.Parts of what I read were interesting, but in all the text was far too academic and dry to be a good read A couple interesting ideas stood out from those first 100 pages tho Couldn t continue Gave it 100 pages and stopped.The premise is interesting An interesting survey of the worlds mystical beliefs throughout history The author seems very focused on proving that spiritualism while perhaps not true is important because people throughout history believed it to be true Almost all of the possible usual suspects appear, the SS, John Dee, Rasputin, etc But some of the surrounding work is worth reading, even if you are some what versed in the subject As someone who has been studying both religion and magick for years It was a good read An interesting survey of the worlds mystical beliefs throughout history The author seems very focused on proving that spiritualism while perhaps not true is important because people throughout history believed it to be true Almost all of the possible usual suspects appear, the SS, John Dee, Rasputin, etc But some of the surrounding work is worth reading, even if you are some what versed in the subject As s There are many thought provoking topics explored related to whether or not spirits exist and how they are thought to have influenced the world, from politics to formations of religions.My favorite chapters came near the end Guess I should have read the conclusion first Wonderful coverage of Jung s activities in developing his concept of the collective unconscious Also covered is the neutrino, quanta, and the possibility that spirits are composed of neut For months I have tried to get through this book and even resorted to speed reading, but I just couldn t do it The arguments made by the author are thin and the writing is done in such a way that it seems to try and elevate the author s intelligence but fails Would not recommend. Interesting history of spiritualism and the sightings of ghosts Regardless of one s belief in the paranormal, this book makes good argument that the belief of others in ghosts and spirits has influenced our world and history.