Cult Archaeology and Creationism: Understanding Pseudoscientific Beliefs about the Past / Edition 1

Cult Archaeology and Creationism: Understanding Pseudoscientific Beliefs about the Past / Edition 1

by Francis B. Harrold
     
 

ISBN-10: 0877455139

ISBN-13: 9780877455134

Pub. Date: 10/28/1995

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

UFOs and aliens, unexplained mysteries, religious cults, diffusion, creationism. We are all familiar with beliefs about human life that lie outside traditional scientific boundaries. Notions such as these are considered reasonable by vast numbers of us in the Western world, in our modern “technological” and “educated”

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Overview

UFOs and aliens, unexplained mysteries, religious cults, diffusion, creationism. We are all familiar with beliefs about human life that lie outside traditional scientific boundaries. Notions such as these are considered reasonable by vast numbers of us in the Western world, in our modern “technological” and “educated” cultures.

Understanding why this should be so and how we as a society might deal with these widespread pseudoscientific beliefs are the subjects at the heart of this study. The authors—specialists in anthropology, archaeology, sociology, psychology, and history—explore creationism, which claims that there is evidence to support a literal interpretation of the origins of the world and of humanity as narrated in the Book of Genesis, and cult archaeology, which encompasses a wide range of fantastic beliefs about our past.

Cult Archaeology and Creationism contains several essays on the history of pseudoscientific beliefs and their current manifestations as well as the results of a unique research project in which students at five campuses across the country were asked about their beliefs and about such background factors as their school experience and religious faith. This expanded edition also includes two new essays, one on Afrocentrism and another that views cult archaeology and creationism in the 1990s and beyond.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780877455134
Publisher:
University of Iowa Press
Publication date:
10/28/1995
Edition description:
ENLARGED
Pages:
199
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Expanded Edition
1The Nature and Dangers of Cult Archaeology1
2Scientific Creationism: World View, not Science11
3Educational Experience and Belief in Paranormal Phenomena21
4Cult Archaeology and Creationism: A Coordinated Research Project34
5East Is East and West Is West? A Regional Comparison of Cult Belief Patterns49
6Patterns of Creationist Belief among College Students68
7ETs, Rafts, and Runestones: Confronting Pseudoarchaeology in the Classroom91
8A Century after Darwin: Scientific Creationism and Academe99
9Fantastic Archaeology: What Should We Do about It?124
10Multiculturalism, Cult Archaeology, and Pseudoscience134
11Cult Archaeology and Creationism in the 1990s and Beyond152
Appendix: Student Opinion Questionnaire177
Contributors185

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