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Cognitive factors underlying paranormal beliefs and experiences

Christopher C. French and Krissy Wilson

in Tall Tales about the Mind and Brain: Separating fact from fiction

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198568773
eISBN:
9780191693779
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568773.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

It is clear that a wide range of situations exist that can potentially lead people to believe that they have experienced the paranormal when in fact they have not. The question regarding possible ... More


Critically thinking about paranormal belief

Peter Lamont

in Tall Tales about the Mind and Brain: Separating fact from fiction

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198568773
eISBN:
9780191693779
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568773.003.0003
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

There are many examples of believers in spiritualism coming to similarly strange conclusions. They can be seen as glaring illustrations of how people can base their beliefs upon a lack of critical ... More


Paranormalism and Pseudoscience as Deviance

Erich Goode

in Philosophy of Pseudoscience: Reconsidering the Demarcation Problem

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226051796
eISBN:
9780226051826
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226051826.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter analyzes paranormalism as a “deviant discipline” violating the consensus of established science. It discusses the five types of pseudoscientific belief systems: beliefs that depend on a ... More


Believing—Beliefs and Experience

Clive D. Field

in Secularization in the Long 1960s: Numerating Religion in Britain

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780198799474
eISBN:
9780191839740
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198799474.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Belief in the supernatural remained strong, especially among women, albeit a hybrid of orthodoxy, heterodoxy, and folklore, individually or communally customized in a ‘pick-and-mix’ of convictions ... More


The Rational Irrationalist: Dodds and the Paranormal

N.J. Lowe

in Rediscovering E. R. Dodds: Scholarship, Education, Poetry, and the Paranormal

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198777366
eISBN:
9780191823084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198777366.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter looks at E.R. Dodds’s engagement with the paranormal. Dodds’s career in psychic research had three distinct phases: before, during, and after his tenure of the Oxford chair. His own ... More


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