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Biological Anomalies: Humans III. A Catalog of Biological Anomalies

Corliss, William R.

 William Corliss is likely the world’s most prolific cataloger of scientific anomalies, at least in English. He is most unusual in that he is a generalist, covering all sciences. He also has a taxonomist’s mind for organization and classification. These are not "Oh wow" anomalies but for the most part a record of scientific observations. Anecdotal evidence is included only if nothing else is available. He also uses a 4-point Data Evaluation Scale ranging from 1 (the highest) to 4. The same ratings are used in an Anomaly Evaluation Scale. Sources for all anomalies are cited. As far as exceptional experiences are concerned, only the last of the 5 major categories seems relevant: Human Interface Phenomena. Even in this category, there is little to note, most of it a few pages on interspecies communication. Nonetheless, all of Corliss’s catalogs of various anomalies are valuable to persons interested in exceptional (anomalous) experiences because they provide a record of the upper limits of the standard empirical science paradigm. Where it leaves off exceptional experiences begin.
Publisher Information:Glen Arm, MD: Sourcebook Project, 1994. 206 p. Author Index: 194-196; 32 figs; 7 graphs; 312 refs; Source Index: 195-199; Subject Index: 200-206
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