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From Shaman to Scientist : Essays on Humanity's Search for Spirits - James Houran

From Shaman to Scientist

Essays on Humanity's Search for Spirits

By: James Houran (Editor)

Paperback Published: 28th August 2004
ISBN: 9780810850545
Number Of Pages: 286

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Parapsychologists and self-styled ghost-hunting organizations are just two examples of people who seek out the existence of ghosts. This resource, examines ghost hunting as a cultural and scientific phenomenon, sidestepping the many issues surrounding the reality of ghosts, and discussing the many and varied methods used by ghost hunters. Taking the approach that there is no such thing as the supernatural, only things we don't yet understand, the ghost experience is examined through case studies; the forms and functions that ghost hunters have taken down through history are analyzed; key historical figures and their influence on the research of ghostly phenomena are reviewed; ghost hunting in the 21st century, including the exploding phenomenon of Internet ghost-hunting organizations, is discussed; and the advances in the theory and technology of the parapsychology field are covered. For those who are skeptical about the reality of ghosts but who want to understand how so many individuals claim to have anomalous experiences, this book reviews the data, offers insight into logical explanations, and discusses why this is and has been for centuries such an important issue to humans.

Highly recommended reading for academic researchers, students of the subject, and those working in the media.--John Maltby, Ph.D. "Department Of Psychology, University Of Leicester, Uk "

Foreword
Introduction
Science in search of spiritp. 1
How Shamanism began : human evolution, dissociation, and anomalous experiencep. 21
Spirits as human nature and the fundamental structures of consciousnessp. 59
Interactions with apparitions, ghosts, and revenants in ancient and medieval sourcesp. 97
Historical profiles in poltergeist researchp. 127
American children's ghost stories : manipulation and mastery of a belief systemp. 191
Ghost hunting in the twenty-first centuryp. 211
Afterwordp. 233
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ISBN: 9780810850545
ISBN-10: 0810850540
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 286
Published: 28th August 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.43  x 2.13
Weight (kg): 0.38