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An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural

Introduction | "R" Reading | Curse of the Pharaoh | End-of-the-World Prophecies

Index | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z

Mackay, Dr. Charles (1814-1889) Author of the remarkable book Extraordinary Popular Delusions (1841) and its successor, Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (1843), Mackay was alarmed at the widespread belief in the wild speculations, the lack of common sense and the acceptance of supernatural subjects that he found in his society, and expressed his concern very well. He was an astute observer of conditions that he might well be dismayed——but not surprised——to discover are still very much with us today.
      His book, reprinted by Crown Publishers, is highly recommended.



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