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Friday, 10 August 2012

New Book: Creating the Paranormal by Bob Thrubshaw

Creating the Paranormal
by Bob Thrubshaw
Bob Thrubshaw of 'Heart of Albion' uploaded his latest publication as a FREE PDF download from his website.

Creating the Paranormal brings together recent cognitive science with the 'social uses' of the paranormal, especially the way in which encounters are retold. To all intents and purposes such narratives are how must of us are aware of the paranormal – and all of us create the meaning and significance of such stories.

Someone who 'believes in ghosts' as well as someone who sceptically dismisses them are equally imposing prior assumptions onto a diverse spectrum of anomalous experiences. In Creating the Paranormal Bob Trubshaw challenges every easy dismissal of anomalous phenomena and makes us question more deeply what it is we think was experienced. 

Other free downloadable titles include:

Events: Weird Weekend 2012, 17th - 19th August

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Next week the tiny North Devon village of Woolsery becomes the weirdest village in the land. The largest gathering of scholars of esoteric natural history in the English-speaking world, is set to take place in rural north Devon.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology’s annual conference, the Weird Weekend, will see speakers from all over the country gathering Woolsery to discuss their work and discoveries.

The Weird Weekend, held over the weekend of the 17th - 19th August, now in its thirteenth year it is the largest convention of its kind.

Speakers announced so far: - 
  • Jonathan McGowan: Large Cats in Britain - The Dorset Enigma
  • Richard Muirhead: The Flying Snake of Namibia
  • Richard Thorns: The search for the Pink Headed Duck
  • Silas Hawkins: Bedtime stories 
  • Max Blake: TBA
  • Glen Vaudrey: Scottish sea monster carcasses 
  • Jan Bondeson: Greyfriars Bobby
  • Richard Freeman et al: Sumatra 2011
  • Paul Screeton: The Hexham Heads
  • Lars Thomas: Danish Cryptozoology
  • Ronan Coghlan: Sinbad the Sailor
- More attractions will be announced soon...
As well as a series of talks there will be stalls, workshops and events.

The Weird Weekend raises funds for village charities dealing with children and for the Centre for Fortean Zoology, the only full time organisation in the world dedicated to the investigation of mystery animals.

Buy Your tickets in advance at the special discount price of £20.00

If you want to pay by cheque payable to `CFZ Trust` please send it to:
The Centre for Fortean Zoology, 
Myrtle Cottage,
North Devon, 
EX39 5QR 
For further details visit www.weirdweekend.org or ring 01237 431413
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