SECOND SIGHT: People Who Read the Future by I. G. Edmonds

SECOND SIGHT: People Who Read the Future

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In an introduction titled ""There Are Such Things,"" Edmonds comes on as a firm believer, but by the end of his second chapter (on ancient methods) he has modified the phrase to ""maybe there are such things""; by the end of the book, however, he concludes that the record of Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce, Jeane Dixon, and others ""argues for the definite possibility of true prophecy."" Edmonds attributes the Delphic prophesies to able fakery with ""some genuine clairvoyance""; he seems unduly credulous toward Elizabethans John Dee and William Lilly and positively awed by Nostradamus--though ""only after [predicted events] happen can we realize what he was talking about."" Irish seer Cheiro ""appears to have been one of those rare persons who are really psychic"" and as for Cayce, ""any of these predictions may have been correctly guessed, but he could hardly have guessed them all."" This is hardly a model of logical investigation, and Edmonds' habit of shifting from assertion to qualification even within a sentence makes him hard to pin down. But would-be believers will have no trouble finding citations and encouragement behind the half-hearted pose of reasonable impartiality.

Pub Date: Dec. 15th, 1978
Publisher: Nelson