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Shadow Dancing [Paperback]

By Joan
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Those things that go bump in the night make our flesh crawl. They make the little hairs on the back of our necks stand on end. They make us question our eyesight and our sanity. What they don t do, is make sense. Our logical, rational view of the world tells us ghosts, and spirits, and Shadow People don t exist, but our senses tell a different story. Step into the unknown with those of us who have seen them. Experience the flesh-crawling feeling as they tell their stories of terror. Let your mind question the material world as you step gingerly around the corners of your own home, wondering, anticipating, your own face-to-face contact with faceless Shadow People.

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Pages   228
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.5" Width: 5" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 20, 2006
Publisher   Word Wright LX
ISBN  1932196994  
ISBN13  9781932196993  

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Long overdue and very underwhelming  Aug 17, 2007
The Neubauers are right that the time is ripe for a book that exhaustively researches this subject. Unfortunately, they fail to do so in spades.

The first half of the book is an investigation of potential theories about what the Shadow People may be. Every theory you find in their book, however, has been circulating the seedier sections of internet chatrooms for years now. At any point that they make a pretense to outside research, the gravitas of the discussion is destroyed by a complete lack of source citation or quotation. Supposedly, descriptions of Shadow People permeate the transcripts of the Salem Witch Trials. Supposedly, American slave folklore is full of tales of Shadow People. You will, however, have to take the Neubauers' word for it; they do not quote these supposed similarities in the texts, nor do they even have the courtesy to provide a bibliography so that one can do the research oneself. The Neubauers repeatedly emphasize in this first half that, if we are to take Science as a guiding principle, we must not close our minds to any possibility for which there is evidence. They then pose their investigation as a scientific inquiry. I agree with the point that some "paranormal" phenomena could and should be scientifically investigated, with potentially positive results, but, wild speculation and hearsay with no supporting documentation hardly constitutes rigorous inquiry.

Given the first half of the book, I guess my reaction to the second half should come as no surprise. The second (and by far larger) half of the book is devoted to personal testimonies about encounters with the Shadow People. As someone who was interviewed and published myself, I can tell you that their methodology in conveying this information largely consisted of merely changing the word-for-word first-person accounts of others into third-person voice. The only exception being completely fabricated portions of dialogue. No connection between events is offered, no analysis is given, and, most disturbing, no effort is made to filter between the accounts of seemingly ordinary individuals who have had extraordinary experiences (most of which agree with each other in detail and tone, as one can find on the ever-larger Shadow People discussions on the internet) and individuals who were, by their own admission, using hallucengenic drugs or who had a history of psychological/emotional disturbance. If the paranormal is to ever receive "legitimate" scientific attention, the pioneering investigators must learn to differentiate between the bogus claims of overactive imaginations and the more credible stories that are harder to rationally dismiss. Such lack of filters only damages the cause, as it makes it so much easier to label all us believers as nutjobs. Again, the Neubauers' veil of scientific objectivity is difficult to differentiate from insipid gullibility.

If you are skeptical about the subject of the Shadow People, this book will do nothing for you. If you are not, save yourself the $12 and put "Shadow People" into Google. Read around the links that come up for about 20 minutes and I can say, without exaggeration, you will get just as much information and insight as you would from reading this book, and not in a terribly less well-written form. You will probably even read the accounts of several people who appear in the book, and in nearly the same words. Perhaps a few hours of research on Google is all that is required to publish a book in the mass market industry of our day. But the criteria for a ground-breaking work that will open our eyes to previously unthought territory are as high as they ever were, and will remain so. In that regard, this book fails miserably.
What's that in the corner?  May 5, 2007
Shadowing Dancing. Was a book that made me think of my childhood and the strange shadows that dwelt there. Some good, Other's well lets leave them back there. I like the way they started with thier own story. But as one of the authors warn me. before reading check underneath your bed.

author of The Red Silk Thread

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