The Trickster and the Paranormal [NOOK Book]

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Paranormal and supernatural events have been reported for millennia.  They have fostered history's most important cultural transformations (e.g., via the miracles of Moses, Jesus, Mohammed).  Paranormal phenomena are frequently portrayed in the world's greatest art and literature, as well as in popular TV shows and movies.  Most adults in the U.S. believe in them.  Yet they have a marginal place in modern culture.  No university departments are devoted to studying psychic phenomena. ...

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The Trickster and the Paranormal

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Overview

Paranormal and supernatural events have been reported for millennia.  They have fostered history's most important cultural transformations (e.g., via the miracles of Moses, Jesus, Mohammed).  Paranormal phenomena are frequently portrayed in the world's greatest art and literature, as well as in popular TV shows and movies.  Most adults in the U.S. believe in them.  Yet they have a marginal place in modern culture.  No university departments are devoted to studying psychic phenomena.  In fact, a panoply of scientists now aggressively denounces them.

These facts present a deeply puzzling situation.  But they become coherent after pondering the trickster figure, an archaic being found worldwide in mythology and folklore.  The trickster governs paradox and the irrational, but his messages are concealed.  This book draws upon theories of the trickster from anthropology, folklore, sociology, semiotics, and literary criticism.  It examines psychic phenomena and UFOs and explains why they are so problematical for science.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781462812899
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/20/2001
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,323,894
  • File size: 736 KB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 11
Preface 14
1. Introduction 19
Part 1
Overview 33
2. An Overview of Tricksters From Mythology, Folklore, and Elsewhere 35
3. Ernest Hartmann's Mental Boundaries 48
4. Victor Turner's Concept of Anti-structure 52
Part 2
Overview 73
5. Mysticism, Holy Madness, and Fools for God 75
6. Shamanism and Its Sham 86
Part 3
Overview 95
7. Michael Winkelman on Magico-religious Practitioners 97
8. Max Weber, Charisma, and the Disenchantment of the World 102
9. Cultural Change and the Paranormal 110
Part 4
Overview 117
10. Prominent "Psychics" 119
11. Conjurors and the Paranormal 130
12. CSICOP and the Debunkers 148
13. Small Groups and the Paranormal 162
14. Alternative Religions and Psi 171
15. Institutions and the Paranormal 178
16. Anti-structure and the History of Psychical Research 191
17. Unbounded Conditions 210
18. Government Disinformation 219
19. Hoaxes and the Paranormal 247
Part 5
Overview 273
20. Reflexivity and the Trickster 277
21. Laboratory Research on Psi 309
22. Totemism and the Primitive Mind 344
23. Literary Criticism, Meaning, and the Trickster 368
Part 6
Overview 393
24. The Imagination 395
25. Paranoia 413
26. Conclusions 422
Endnotes 433
References 481
Index 535
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