Religion, Supernaturalism, the Paranormal and Pseudoscience

Religion, Supernaturalism, the Paranormal and Pseudoscience

Author: Homayun Sidky

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 9781785271632

Category: Social Science

Page: 518

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"Religion, Supernaturalism, the Paranormal, and Pseudoscience" provides a comprehensive rejoinder to the challenges posed to science, scientific anthropology, evolutionary theory and rationality by the advocates of supernatural, paranormal, and pseudoscientific perspectives and modes of thought associated with the current rise of irrationalism, antiintellectualism, and emboldened religious fundamentalism and violence. Drawing upon H. Sidky’s scientific anthropological background and ethnographic field research of supernatural and paranormal beliefs and practices in several cultures over three decades, the book answers several important questions: Why do humans have a proclivity for the supernatural and paranormal thinking? Why has humanity remained shackled to sets of ideas inherited from a violent past that have no basis in reality and which bestow an illusionary solace, promote bloodshed, endless cruelties and fervent hatreds, and have come at a high cost? Why have ancient superstitions been held as sacred, inviolate truths while other aspects of the archaic belief systems of which they were a part have long been discarded? Why have not humans outgrown religion and paranormal beliefs?

Science and Anthropology in a Post-Truth World

Science and Anthropology in a Post-Truth World

Author: H. Sidky

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781793606525

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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At the end of 2019, Americans were living in an era of post-truth characterized by fake news, weaponized lies, alternative facts, conspiracy theories, magical thinking, and irrationalism. While many complex interconnected factors were at work, this post-truth era was partly the culmination of a cadre of anthropologists and other academics in American universities and colleges during the 1980’s and 1990’s. In Science and Anthropology in a Post-Truth World, H. Sidky examines how their untoward dalliance with problematic and dangerous ideas by Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Jean-François Lyotard, Bruno Latour, and Jean Baudrillard informed and empowered a forceful assault on science and truth in the following decades by corporate organizations, politicians, religious extremists, and right-wing populists.

The Awakening of Global Consciousness

The Awakening of Global Consciousness

Author: Jawara D. King, D.D.

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1452031940

Category: Self-Help

Page: 321

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One of the world's leading spiritual teachers returns with an inspiring and provocative message with solutions to our planetary crises, offering effective steps to change the world and integrate all levels of our Being. Religion is psychological entrapment promoting the controlled behavior of the herd civilization. Institutionalized organized religion is the cause of enslavement, violence, prejudice, hatred, classism, and war. False religious institutions created god in their own personal image and after the likeness of their own mind for control and money. Every religious holy book has been altered, dissected, rewritten, and censored to appear as the word of God, and all the gods of religious holy books are controlled by fundamentalists. Organized religion is a serious threat to the human race and a mental illness that afflicts over 80% of the world's population. It has nothing to do with spirituality and is no more than a collection of unholy lies. The spiritual terrorism of religion frowns upon free will, dispises questions, prohibits doubt, and survives on blind faith. Eternal life with God is only promised to the obedient religious-slaves who unconditionally follow rigid religious belief structures. This mythology was created based on division, not unity. Control is the essence of evil. The easiest way to control humanity is through fear, which is why the religious Elite created gods of intimidation and fear; to control others and solicit money. "The Awakening of Global Consciousness is a must read for the millions who've read Jawara's earlier classic books and a great beginning for those unfamiliar with his great works questioning the validity of the world's three major religions."

The Resurrection

The Resurrection

Author: MS Pearce Jonathan

Publisher: Onus Books

ISBN: 0993510280

Category:

Page: 336

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The Resurrection story is integral to the Christian faith; its truth has been crucial for Christians since the inception of the belief system. But did the events reported in the Christian Bible actually happen? How do the claims made by the authors look in light of careful historical analysis? Are the Gospel claims internally coherent? Do Christian believers have justification in believing the chapter and verse of this most famous of miraculous stories? Jonathan MS Pearce looks at all of the problems with the Easter story in the same way he analysed the Nativity accounts in the sister book The Nativity: A Critical Examination. This later book is a diligent examination of the Easter story, the claims, the likelihood of truth, and what may have been the original events that inspired the biblical writers and believers to write and believe what they did. And still do. Historical, philosophical, and biblical exegetical analysis are woven together to form a terminal case against the accuracy, and ultimately truth, of the Easter story. "[I]f you want to take such a belief seriously, read this thoroughly documented terminal case against the resurrection based on the latest research! This is the only book you'll need. Pearce is your expert guide on all the essential issues." - John W. Loftus, author, and editor of The Case against Miracles "Jonathan MS Pearce puts the resurrection genie back in the bottle (and the body back in the grave). If you are digging for truth, this book is a goldmine!" - Dan Barker, author of Godless "No rational and honest scholar of religion or theologian who asserts that the resurrection of Jesus was an actual event would be able to do so without addressing the compelling counterarguments presented by Jonathan Pearce's The Resurrection.... Pearce offers a masterful analysis of the central miracle of Christianity, Jesus's purported return from death.... All of this makes it difficult to refute...that the entire narrative upon which the Christian faith is anchored is a fiction contrived by others long after the purported date of the crucifixion..." - Dr. H. Sidky, Professor of Anthropology, Miami University, and author of Religion, Supernaturalism, the Paranormal and Pseudoscience: An Anthropological Critique "This book is the definitive starting point for anyone intent on questioning or defending the resurrection of Jesus. Introductory and aimed at a broad audience, but thoroughly researched, all the key works are here cited and arguments addressed, and with sound reasoning. If this book cannot be answered, belief in the resurrection cannot be defended." - Dr. Richard Carrier, author of Jesus from Outer Space: What the Earliest Christians Really Believed about Christ. "This is a detailed, clear, and very readable survey of the evidence for the Resurrection, and it makes an overwhelming case for the conclusion that the Resurrection did not happen. It's an extraordinary fact that so many smart, educated people have managed to convince themselves that the historical case for the Resurrection is strong, when it is, patently, ludicrously weak." - Dr. Stephen Law, author of Believing Bullshit: How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole "For too long, Christian evangelists have been able to get away with the outrageous claim that the resurrection of Jesus is one of the 'best-attested facts in history'. In this erudite and highly readable account, Jonathan MS Pearce demonstrates with devastating logic and clarity why this claim should be rejected." - David Warden, Chairman of Dorset Humanists and Honorary Member of Humanists UK.

Paranormal Borderlands of Science

Paranormal Borderlands of Science

Author: Kendrick Frazier

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:49015000645565

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 469

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Headlines and television news reports feature accounts of reincarnation, the predictions of astrologers, and psychic "miracles." Citizens report UFO sightings. Police departments call on psychics to provide clues in baffling crimes. From every available information source, the public is bombarded with unsubstantiated claims of paranormal phenomena. How much of the evidence is reliable? What is the truth behind these claims? Paranormal Borderlands of Science is an exciting, well-informed examination of the most publicized and exotic claims of astrology, ESP, psychokinesis, precognition, UFOs, biorhythms, and other phenomena. Written by respected psychologists, astronomers and other scientists, philosophers, investigative journalists, and magicians, the 47 articles in this superb collection present a skeptical treatment of pseudoscientific claims - an aspect often sorely neglected in sensationalized media reports. This book is an effort to help readers sort fact from fiction and sense from nonsense among the astonishing variety of assertions labeled "paranormal." Never before published in book form, the essays in this anthology originally appeared in the Skeptical Inquirer, a leading magazine devoted to the critical investigation of pseudoscience from a scientific viewpoint. Among the contributors are: Isaac Asimov (distinguished science fiction author), Martin Gardner (Scientific American columnist), James Randi (The Amazing Randi), Philip Klass (noted UFO skeptic), Scot Morris (Omni), and James Oberg (NASA). An essential contribution to skeptical literature, this book will be of lasting value to all those wishing to balance the case for paranormal claims by reading the dissenting critics.

Reality Check

Reality Check

Author: Garry Neale

Publisher:

ISBN: 1495282317

Category:

Page: 282

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This book is the final installment in the trilogy I call "The World According to Garry (WAG)." My first book, "Necessary Delusions," dealt with my views on God and religion. My second book, "Politically Speaking," articulated my opinions concerning the prevalent political issues. This third and final book will relate my views on the pseudosciences and the paranormal. Let's face it...people like to believe in "weird stuff." Most people tend to seek out or interpret evidence that agrees with their existing beliefs and ignore or misinterpret evidence that contradicts those beliefs. The most obvious example of this are those who claim to be "creation scientists" who either ignore or seriously misinterpret biological, geological, and cosmological data to support their biblical-based belief that the universe is only around 6 to 8 thousand years old.Faith can either be logically based on available evidence and reason, or emotionally based on feelings and desires. Most believers in pseudoscience, the supernatural, and the paranormal fall into the latter category. Their emotional desire to believe allows them to discard all other evidence to the contrary. So if you are a believer in things spiritual or magical, you need to understand that you are practicing "emotional faith". If you actually believe that there is no evidence that this stuff doesn't work or doesn't exist, then you have not really sought it out. I will discuss some of this evidence in this book. Yes...it's time for your REALITY CHECK!

A Physicist's Guide to Skepticism

A Physicist's Guide to Skepticism

Author: Milton A. Rothman

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015014523669

Category: Science

Page: 247

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The laws of physics provide clear-cut principles defining what is possible - and not possible - in the physical world. This book examines and critiques many widely held pseudoscientific beliefs in light of these laws. Rather than treating supernatural claims on a case-by-case basis, Milton Rothman uses the general principles supplied by physics to show why they are, in fact, impossible. Rothman divides the laws of physics into two classes: laws of permission and laws of denial. Laws of permission, such as Newton's laws of motion, generally do not allow precise predictions except in the simplest cases. Laws of denial, such as conservation of energy, permit very accurate conclusions about what cannot possibly occur. He uses these concepts to examine and critique the possible existence of various paranormal phenomena, such as UFOs, telepathy, perpetual motion machines, poltergeists, etc. He also discusses a number of concepts traditional to science fiction: anti-gravity, faster-than-light travel, time travel, etc., which are shown to be impossible when subject to rigorous examination. Written in a technically accurate yet entertaining style, this book will appeal to the non-specialist yet still present concepts of interest to both professional scientists and philosophers of science.