Bibliography Updates Closed September 2016
Secret Occult Knowledge and Flying Saucers
The Bibliography of Fantastic Beliefs
(or, vaporized common sense)
Revised Introduction 28 April 2013
The easily debunkable fake Rennes-le-Château “mystery” and the Priory of Sion hoax are by no means not the only examples of notorious scams attracting unwary sections of the general public – there are literally dozens of other pseudo-historical and pseudo-archeaological subject matters in existence that have produced many best selling books throughout the decades.
The Bibliography of Fantastic Beliefs has been produced as a supplement to the Priory of Sion Bibliography to demonstrate that widespread interest in questionable subject matters continue to persist – such as Ancient Astronauts, the Bermuda Triangle, the Face on Mars, Astrology, Flying Saucers and so on – these subject matters are of course also embraced by the believers in the ‘mystery’ of Rennes-le-Château and the ‘reality’ of the Priory of Sion (either literal or symbolic), since there is much overlap here.
Much more alarming is how psychologists holding Masters Degrees hold serious beliefs in the paranormal – called Parapsychology – producing books about Telepathy, Extra Sensory Perception, Precognition, Psychokinesis, Remote Viewing, Psychic Archaeology and Life after Death (similar subject matters were previously termed “second sight”). Centuries of research and hundreds of published books has not produced the slightest particle of evidence supporting the existence of any of these “disciplines” – and it may be concluded that human society has not progressed at all in some respects since medieval times when people believed in the existence of magic and witchcraft. Earlier psychologists could have been forgiven for holding such beliefs when it was a new science and everything was in a state of experimentation – but there can be no excuse for holding such beliefs – devoid of any demonstrable evidence – in the 21st century.
The belief in the existence of secret and hidden mystical knowledge that is attainable only to the initiated (magick, occultism and esotericism) is as infinitely popular as Flying Saucers – the most popular exponents being Aleister Crowley, H. P. Blavatsky, Edgar Cayce, Manly P. Hall and Samael Aun Weor – although the most respected exponent amongst the educated classes in society is Rudolf Steiner.
Bizarre and illogical forms of belief have always existed throughout the history of known civilization. Quoting from Charles Mackay's book entitled Extraordinary
Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds that was published in 1841: Of all the offspring of Time, Error is the most ancient, and is so old and familiar an acquaintance, that Truth, when discovered, comes upon most of us like an intruder, and meets the intruder’s welcome.
The Human Being’s attachment to belief-based occult and supernatural concepts is as strong today as it has ever been throughout the history of Mankind.
The Bibliography of Fantastic Beliefs is presented in author's alphabetical order below (critical books by sceptical authors are also listed – that for obvious reasons fall into a minority and none have ever become bestsellers)
Major Sceptical Titles have also been included
Objective scholarly analyses of Occult Texts are also included