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Record Type: Review   ID: 595

Titanic: Psychic Forewarnings of a Tragedy

Behe, George

 The author, a member of the Titanic Historical Society, has culled newspaper and other accounts and interviewed survivors to compile this record of experiences that may have been precognitions of the Titanic disaster. Behe classifies and discusses the reports as follows: curious coincidences, mistaken accounts and deliberate hoaxes, phenomena associated with W.T. Stead (a well-known spiritualist who died in the disaster), possible psychic phenomena (accounts that lack some vital pieces of information that would warrant classifying them as probably psychic), and probable psychic phenomena (cases that cannot be explained by normal means and that may be genuine examples of psi). There were 35 cases in the last category. The total number of cases examined is 153. Each case is described and then is followed by Behe's commentary. In a final summary chapter, he discusses the possible normal explanations for seeming precognitions of the sinking of the Titanic and concludes that the better accounts "are numerous enough, and contain enough data, to be accepted as probable psychic foreshadowings of" (p. 162) the Titanic disaster. However, see the book by Martin Gardner that criticizes possible literary precognitions of the sinking of the Titanic.
Publisher Information:Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England: Patrick Stephens, 1988. 176p. Bibl: 163-170; Further rdgs: 173; 50 illus; Ind: 174-176
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