Terje G. Simonsen is a Norwegian author and historian of ideas specializing in the esoteric and occult. His dissertation from the University of Oslo - written 1993, released as a book in 2001 - explores the historical premises and impact of the anthroposophical journal Janus which has exerted important influence on Norwegian cultural life. His latest book, A Short History of (Nearly) Everything Paranormal—Our Secret Powers: Telepathy, Clairvoyance and Precognition is a very readable, informative, and entertaining introduction to parapsychology - aimed at general audiences, yet valuable for scholars too. The book creatively combines historical, anthropological, biological, and physical perspectives on psi in a remarkable way, offering a balanced approach to research on parapsychological phenomena without favouring pseudo-sceptical or pro-paranormal views.


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