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Seeing the Sacred

Gordon Graham

in The Re-enchantment of the World: Art versus Religion

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199265961
eISBN:
9780191708756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265961.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This chapter traces the rise of the ‘science of religion’ and traces its impact on painting and the visual arts. It focuses on the surrealist movement and argues that its attempt to depict a ... More


Fashions, Failures, Prospects

Paul Marshall

in Mystical Encounters with the Natural World: Experiences and Explanations

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199279432
eISBN:
9780191603440
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199279438.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

Two general approaches to the explanation of extrovertive mystical experience have emerged as tenable, centred respectively on the intrapersonal psychological and biological factors of naturalistic ... More


William James: Psychical Research and the Challenge of Modernity

Krister Dylan Knapp

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781469631240
eISBN:
9781469631264
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631240.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

In this insightful new book on the remarkable William James, the American psychologist and philosopher, Krister Dylan Knapp provides the first deeply historical and acutely analytical account of ... More


The New Prometheans: Faith, Science, and the Supernatural Mind in the Victorian Fin de Siécle

Courtenay Raia

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226635217
eISBN:
9780226635491
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226635491.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The Society for Psychical Research (SPR) was established in 1882, in the wake of a disappointed spiritualism and steaming toward the scientific unconscious. A decade earlier, physics had shut out ... More


The Future of the Soul

Richard Swinburne

in The Evolution of the Soul

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198236986
eISBN:
9780191598593
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198236980.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Evidence of ‘near‐death’ experiences, parapsychology, and claims of reincarnation do not constitute very good evidence that human souls survive the death of their bodies. Nor are there good ... More


Psychical Modernism: Science, Subjectivity, and the Unsalvageable Self

Courtenay Raia

in The New Prometheans: Faith, Science, and the Supernatural Mind in the Victorian Fin de Siécle

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226635217
eISBN:
9780226635491
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226635491.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

By the 1890s, psychology was bringing new emphasis to the perceptual nature of reality, with “the self” included among the brain’s useful fictions. The modern empirical subject was vanishing inside ... More


Reflections on Pseudoscience and Parapsychology: From Here to There and (Slightly) Back Again

Christopher C. French

in Pseudoscience: The Conspiracy Against Science

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780262037426
eISBN:
9780262344814
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262037426.003.0017
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter presents a personal account of the author’s journey from being a believer in the paranormal to being a skeptic and his subsequent transformation from being one type of skeptic to ... More


The Stars Come Down to Frozen Earth: Border Science in the Third Reich

Eric Kurlander

in Hitler's Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780300189452
eISBN:
9780300190373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300189452.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter looks systemically at the application of the ‘border sciences’ promoted by many Nazis, including astrology, World Ice Theory, and ‘biodynamic’ agriculture, between 1933 and 1941. In ... More


Santa Barbara Physicists in the Vietnam Era

Cyrus C. M. Mody

in Groovy Science: Knowledge, Innovation, and American Counterculture

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226372884
eISBN:
9780226373072
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226373072.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter follows a small group of physicists in Santa Barbara as they responded to – but also propelled – many of the changes in American science of the groovy era: civilianization of ... More


Open Channeling and Continuity

Kathleen M. Cumiskey and Larissa Hjorth

in Haunting Hands: Mobile Media Practices and Loss

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780190634971
eISBN:
9780190635008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190634971.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Social Psychology and Interaction

This chapter begins with a quasi-historical overview of dominant mortuary practices and rituals. This overview seeks to connect new media practices with their media genealogies. The chapter focuses ... More


For the Joy of the Working

Elesha J. Coffman

in Margaret Mead: A Twentieth-Century Faith

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
December 2020
ISBN:
9780198834939
eISBN:
9780191872815
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198834939.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Mead stayed extraordinarily busy to the end of life, engaged with such issues as nuclear safety, Earth Day, and the women’s movement. When a cancer diagnosis threatened her forward momentum, she ... More


Phantom Words: How Our Knowledge, Beliefs and Expectations Create Illusions of Speech

Diana Deutsch

in Musical Illusions and Phantom Words: How Music and Speech Unlock Mysteries of the Brain

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
June 2019
ISBN:
9780190206833
eISBN:
9780190056568
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190206833.003.0008
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Music Psychology

Chapter 7 discusses the fact that when listening to speech, the words and phrases we hear are strongly influenced by our knowledge, beliefs, and expectations. We therefore often mishear words and ... More


The Young Woman on the Hill

Daniel Maria Klimek

in Medjugorje and the Supernatural: Science, Mysticism, and Extraordinary Religious Experience

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2019
ISBN:
9780190679200
eISBN:
9780190879983
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190679200.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity, Philosophy of Religion

Relating the first days of the Medjugorje apparitions, the chapter tells the story of the original encounter that transpired the week of June 24, 1981, between five Croatian teenagers and a child ... More


The Advent of Parapsychology and the Figuration of “Out-of-the-Body Experiences” (1880–1930)

Jens Schlieter

in What Is It Like To Be Dead?: Near-Death Experiences, Christianity, and the Occult

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780190888848
eISBN:
9780190888879
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190888848.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter outlines how the term “out-of-the-body experience” emerged in spiritualist and parapsychological literature. As is shown, “psychical researchers” such as Frederic W. Myers and William ... More


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