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Paranormal Beliefs: A Sociological Introduction
by Erich Goode
Despite the continued and growing popularity of such phenom- ena as angels, witches, extra-sensory perception, psychics, astrology, foretelling the future, living past lives, ghosts, and communicating with the dead, such beliefs have received little scrutiny from sociologists. Who believes in them? Why? And with what consequences? A paranormal belief system is generated as ...more
Paperback, 310 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Waveland Pr Inc
(first published 1999)
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This book isn't about paranormal society and culture, other than some aspects of demographics that aren't very nuanced (I've seen better, though some not available at the time the book was written). Instead, it is about the paranormal from the perspective of science, which leads to some real problems. One of which is a heavy emphasis on creationism, which from the perspective of a debunking-prone scientist (the author has written for Skeptical Inquirer) is in the same boat as parapsychology, but ...more
I just read this book. It examines paranormal beliefs---including religion vs. science. My daughter had to read this book for a college class. It is very pro-science, as I am, but I still can't help but hold on to my paranormal belief in God. The creationism issues that have been surfacing in public education are addressed, as well as UFOs, and the media's involvement in promulgating belief in the paranormal. It is kind of a heavy read, but fascinating. The author takes a sociological point of v ...more