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Evidence of Mystery
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An Investigation into Supernatural Phenomena

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Witnesses

Prologue
At the start of twentieth century, the German sociologist Max Weber claimed that together with an increase in knowledge and advances in technology must come an inevitable “disenchantment” with the natural world. Man will extract nature’s secrets, and nature will in turn become entirely transparent, bereft of mystery.
Around the same time, physicists began formulating theories relating to quantum phenomena, which totally changed their view of the world. As Werner Heisenberg claimed:
“Contemporary interpretations of the micro-universe have little to do with truly materialist philosophy. In fact one might say that atomic physics has directed science away from the materialist path which it followed in the nineteenth century.”
In order to place the phenomena they studied in a more natural context, astrophysicists, cosmologists, and particle physicists ended up proposing formulations that evoked religious
idioms. The distance between science and religion has likewise narrowed because scientists demand that we believe in theories that seem a great deal more unlikely than those doctrines
offered by Christian dogma. After all, which is easier to believe: That a virgin gave birth to a son, or that the entire universe, stretching for billions of light-years, together with everything
in existence, was once smaller than a pinhead?
As the Nobel-Prize-winning physicist Charles Hard Townes stated: “The more we discover about the cosmos and evolutionary biology, the more they seem inexplicable without some sort of intelligent design. In my case this inspires faith.” The American physicist is not alone in his sentiments. Recent research reveals that there are a greater number of devout academics working in exact and natural science faculties throughout universities in the USA than there are in humanities departments. Empiricists, of course, deal rather more with facts, while humanists discuss theories.
Certain observed phenomena remain completely inexplicable using today’s scientific methods. Consequently many scientific minds, while wishing to remain faithful to facts and logical thinking, open themselves to the supernatural. It turns out that Max Planck was correct when he wrote: “Religion and natural science are not opposed to one another as some people think, or even fear, but they follow different roads to the same goal, and that goal is God.”
This book is a journey through places that have witnessed so-called supernatural occurrences. They are like glimpses of an alternate reality. Along the way we also meet academics who have directed their research at these remarkable phenomena. We spent many months traveling to meet these scholars, talking with them, and discovering their work. We welcome you on our journey…

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