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Insights into the Paranormal from a Master of Paranormal Realms
Reviewed in the United States on January 31, 2019
Like all of Ingo Swann's writings, Penetration requires a reader willing to be surprised and engaged by both unusual events and explanations for them that only a talented psychic can present. That he sometimes does not do so in the prettiest prose can be a turn-off (why 4 stars and not 5) but one well worth plowing through.
He presents his viewpoint on some of the well-known elements of his life story (remote viewing with the SRI group including his psychic journey to Jupiter in 1973) and some less known (an out-of-body probe to the far side of the moon in which he telepathically observed what appeared to be an alien installation). There is a lot more of such material, which the read can take or leave as his judgment dictates.
But the book is far more valuable for Swann's thought-provoking hypotheses and observations if not straightforward answers on subjects critical to rational adjudication of fact/fiction in the realm of the paranormal.
"...telepathy might be a universal 'language' system of some kind that operates through consciousness entities everywhere."
"...the best evidence we have for telepathy, for example, is that it seems to be universal to our species. People experience it regardless of their different cultures, their different backgrounds. If we assume that Intelligence can be universal, we also have to assume that Intelligence also has to have sensing factors that also are universal.”
."Since people tend to operate based on feedback, they tend to forget about stuff that never achieves the feedback."
The book is loaded with concepts that require and deserve deep grokking (Swann likes to use this Heinlein term for deep pondering) even if they are outside one's comfort zone. After all, it is Swann's intent to move the human population beyond its current comfort zone, which sadly is smothering the race into oblivion.
Penetration is a tough read from an intense author on controversial subject matter, tall of which signal it to be required reading.