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The Trickster and the Paranormal

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  56 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Paperback, 564 pages
Published August 20th 2001 by Xlibris Corporation
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Peejay Who Once Was Minsma
Mar 29, 2008 Peejay Who Once Was Minsma rated it it was amazing
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This is a comprehensive overview of parapsychology and the paranormal. Scholarly and dense—definitely not light reading—it is nonetheless well thought out and approachable. Hansen's exhaustive research of the field shows clear but strange patterns. The paranormal, or psi, is more than the "hoax or delusion" argument with which skeptics often dismiss it, but not quite as true believers portray it, either. Like light particles in the world of quantum physics, the paranormal seems to change its ...more
Grantimatter
Apr 19, 2010 Grantimatter rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most fascinating dry books (or driest sensational book) I've ever had the joy of working through.

Hansen is brilliant at a kind of persistent examination of things that are often literally unspeakable, or at least very, very hard to pin down. It's the kind of book that seems destined for importance among a certain subset of the population while being ignored by everyone else.

After all, it's tricky, this stuff.

One of those paranormal books guaranteed to tick off skeptics and
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Ran Prieur
Nov 14, 2013 Ran Prieur rated it it was amazing
The writing style is surprisingly clear and easy to read -- the book is difficult because of the ideas. Hansen sketches a view of the paranormal that is almost incomprehensible from the objective materialist view of reality. Basically he argues that skeptics and believers are wrong in the same way, skeptics for dismissing the phenomena because they can't be proven, and believers for hoping and expecting that they'll be proven. For reasons that are challenging to think about, and that Hansen only ...more
Hollyhell
Dec 25, 2010 Hollyhell rated it it was amazing
Everything about this book is wyrd. It mishmashes hifallutin poststructuralism, structuralism, parapsychology sociology anthromorphology, aliens, popculture, mythology, etc. etc., to produce a socialscientific theory as to why people experience the paranormal, who experiences the paranormal and what it might mean about the nature of reality as we know it.

As a trickster is, so a trickster does, and the organization of this book is funky. The writing can be a little dry and stilted. Neverthless, i
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Alix Amnamare
May 22, 2015 Alix Amnamare rated it it was amazing
A weighty book that takes a while to process, though it's broken up into independent sections so you don't need to read it straight through. This book really gets into how very weird reality and the human mind are, and even if you disagree with Hansen's conclusions, it's thought-provoking in a big way. One of the four books I recommend to anyone.
Peter A. Lio
Jul 04, 2016 Peter A. Lio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dense and uneven, but very provocative

This is a deep, dense, and scholarly work, and I truly enjoyed reading it. It took me many weeks to finish, but I was as compelled by the thoughtful writing and big ideas represented here.

It has so many good ideas, but it does suffer from some verbosity and lack of restraint--a good, hard edit would make it much better.

I think I gave it 4 starts instead of 5, however, because while the ideas are fascinating, the conclusions are a bit sparse and lacking. Of
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