Photo credit: Hilary Jones
My new book Phenomena
is about science versus the supernatural. It’s about scientists and psychics with top-secret clearances. As a national security reporter, I write about war, weapons, U.S. national security, and secrets; it’s fair to wonder what such bizarre concepts as extrasensory perception (ESP), psychokinesis (PK), and map dowsing (all pre-science means of divination) might have to do with national security. Quite a lot, I learned, while researching and reporting this nonfiction book.
Future book ideas generally come to me while I’m at work on an earlier book. In 2014, while writing The Pentagon’s Brain
(a book about DARPA, the most powerful and productive military science agency in the world), I came across a remarkable photograph in NASA’s Apollo image library that later became the launch point for this book...