by Phoebe Adams
by Colin Wilson. Random House, $15.00. It is Mr. Wilson’s contention that mankind is inherently capable of a far wider range of experience and action than that developed under what must, for want of a better term, be called normality. He takes magic, spiritualism, and the like to be manifestations of the neglected “faculty X” and calls for investigation of the whole supernatural field, while acknowledging that modern scientific methods may be the wrong tools for such a project. Since Mr. Wilson’s intention is serious and his researches have been prodigious, he cannot be brushed off as a man who believes in spooks; but as support for his basically rather moderate appeal for action, he has written an immoderately long history of the occult, from the speculative beginnings of time to a recent case of spontaneous combustion on the dance floor.