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Leaps of Faith : Science, Miracles, and the Search for Supernatural Consolation - Nicholas Humphrey

Leaps of Faith

Science, Miracles, and the Search for Supernatural Consolation

Paperback Published: 4th June 1999
ISBN: 9780387987200
Number Of Pages: 244

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Leaps of Faith is a compelling and highly praised critique of beliefs in paranormal phenomena, miracles, and the like, written by the noted British psychologist Nicholas Humphrey. The author argues that our beliefs in the supernatural typically originate in anxiety about the future and are sustained by an entrenched belief in the duality of mind and body. More than just a debunking of supernaturalism, Leaps of Faith explores the psychology of the all-too-human tendency for wishful thinking. It explains why we hark after a fantasy world of magic and miracles - even when, arguably, we already live in the only world that offers real hope of fulfillment.

Industry Reviews

"Elegant and literate" -THE TIMES OF LONDON
"The kind of book that both skeptics and believers would do well to read"- SKEPTICAL INQUIRER
"An urbane, original, convincing rebuttal of paranormal and supernatural notions" -NEW SCIENTIST
"A lively, entertaining book... Humphrey has set himself a larger task than simply explaining why people believe in parapsychology: the task of explaining why it is irrational to believe in it."-NATURE

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Forewordp. ix
That Hypothesisp. 1
Who Needs It?p. 10
Preparing for the Bestp. 17
A Ministry of Sciencep. 23
The Howling Stormp. 29
Jam Todayp. 39
Another Think Comingp. 45
Uncommon Sensep. 52
The World of a Differencep. 60
Breaking the Lawp. 67
Anything Goes?p. 72
Designed Too Farp. 82
The Art of the Possible?p. 92
Behold the Manp. 100
Into the Lightp. 114
P?K?p. 117
E?S?P?p. 128
Need You Askp. 138
Keeping the Faithp. 142
Three Givensp. 155
Being Therep. 158
Inside Storiesp. 167
On Good Authorityp. 175
It Stands to Reasonp. 188
Beyond the Limitsp. 198
Nothing for Freep. 206
On the Wings of a Dovep. 218
Notesp. 225
Indexp. 240
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ISBN: 9780387987200
ISBN-10: 0387987207
Series: Copernicus
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 4th June 1999
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.03 x 13.77  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.31