In this compelling tour through the world of anomalous research, Richard Milton makes clear what the scientific establishment takes pains to deny: plenty of hard experimental evidence already exists for such things as cold fusion, paranormal phenomena, bioenergy, and the effectiveness of alternative medicine. Because these subjects and those who dare to investigate them are continually denied legitimacy by what can only be called the "paradigm police," the public is led to believe that all claims made about such topics are completely groundless. With humor and an eye for the telling detail, the author describes many instances when the defenders of scientific orthodoxy acted with unscientific rigidity in the face of the evidence. Faraday, Roentgen, Edison, and even the Wright Brothers were thought to be charlatans by their contemporaries. Taking the broad view of the way science is done, Milton discusses the forces at work in the marginalization of unorthodox research, and makes the reader wonder if there is not something fundamentally wrong with the way that science is currently being practiced.
"Milton utters some important warnings. We ignore them at our peril."
– London Times
"A very good survey of the subject with fascinating stories and examples."
– Rupert Sheldrake, author of A New Science of Life and Seven Experiments That Could Change the World
". . . explains how much our scientific culture has become a self-serving law unto itself. It wields words like reason and rationality as added weapons to impose its will, often without serious reference to the world in which we all must live."