Friday, August 6, 2010

Meandering on the edge . . .

Today is the birthday of Charles Hoy Fort (August 6, 1874 – May 3, 1932), writer and researcher into anomalous phenomena. Charles Fort has oft been referred to as the father of modern paranormalism due to his interest in odd phenomena and his attitudes toward 19th century Spiritualism and scientific dogma.

"If there is an underlying oneness of all things, it does not matter where we begin ... One measures a circle, beginning anywhere." - Charles Fort

"My liveliest interest is not so much in things, as in relations of things. I have spent much time thinking about the alleged pseudo-relations that are called coincidences. What if some of them should not be coincidences?" - Charles Fort

"The fate of all explanation is to close one door only to have another fly wide open." - Charles Fort

"An opinion is a matter of evidence, but evidence is a matter of opinion." - Charles Fort

Trivia bit: The terms Fortean and Forteana are used to characterize various such phenomena that fascinated Charles Fort.

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