Strange Frequencies: The extraordinary story of the technological quest for the supernatural – Peter Bebergal

Strange Frequencies

Amazon overview excerpt: A journey through the attempts artists, scientists, and tinkerers have made to imagine and communicate with the otherworldly using various technologies, from cameras to radiowaves.

Strange Frequencies takes listeners on an extraordinary narrative and historical journey to discover how people have used technology in an effort to search for our own immortality. Bebergal builds his own ghostly gadgets to reach the other side, too, and follows the path of famous inventors, engineers, seekers, and seers who attempted to answer life’s ultimate mysteries. He finds that not only are technological innovations potent metaphors keeping our spiritual explorations alive, but literal tools through which to experiment the boundaries of the physical world and our own psyches.”

As you could imagine this book was right up my alley. I actually built a few of the devices that were referenced before I read it. Precognition! Well, perhaps more mundanely just an interest in the same subject matter.

As you can see from my wordcloud that “golem” was frequently used term. Not surprising since Bebergal devoted more than a few pages describing the fascinating golem folklore and associated topic of automata. Who knew that the golem was really the first Terminator!

Berbergal also briefly touches on one of my favorites: the “Symbolic Hieronymus Machine“. I built this device, and if you want to follow me down this rabbit hole I suggest reading up on radionics.

See my wordcloud below for what this book is about. Leave a comment and let me know if like me, you enjoy this subject matter as well!