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‘Phenomena’ explores spoon-bending, mind-bending discoveries from secret government experiments with ESP and psychokinesis

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The United States government has always prided itself on having one of the most technologically advanced militaries in the world, from state-of-the-art weapons and vehicles to some of the foremost battle strategists the world has to offer.

But in the past, the U.S. government has spent ample time trying to weaponize something much more technologically-advanced: the human brain.

In her new book, journalist and author Annie Jacobsen explores the depth of the U.S. government’s experiments into precognition, clairvoyance, ESP, and psychokinesis through declassified documents and interviews with the officials, researchers, and test subjects who were there.

From former Department of Defense officials to scientists and researchers, Jacobsen tackles the complexities of being a journalist reporting on an area of science many believe to be ‘squishy,’the story of Uri Geller, who became world famous for his apparent ability to bend spoons, and looks at just how far some will go to find the answers to some mysteries.


Annie Jacobson, journalist and author of “Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government's Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis