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Welcome to Extraordinarium, a Digital Press & Journal in which we journey through the extraordinary, the fantastical and the supernatural.
Welcome to Extraordinarium, a Digital Press & Journal in which we journey through the extraordinary, the fantastical and the supernatural.

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Two fantastic papers to draw your attention to today:

(1) Madeleine Castro, Roger Burrows and Robin Wooffitt reveal the results of a 2009 #sociological survey that found that 37% of British adults reported at least one paranormal experience in their life so far.  In addition to examining the survey results and further routes to better understand the nuances of the results, they provide an excellent overview of the sociological studies to date on exceptional experiences and how they relate to their results.  Read "The Paranormal is (Still) Normal: The Sociological Implications of a Survey of Paranormal Experiences" in Sociological Research Online 19 (3), 16 here: http://www.socresonline.org.uk/19/3/16.html

(2) Andreas Sommer has shared his accepted introduction to a special issue of Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences currently in press based on the conference he organized in January 2013, Psychical Research and Parapsychology in the History of Science and Medicine. I particularly like Andreas's bold assessment of how historical assessments of psychical research and #parapsychology have been impeded by materialist attitudes in the humanities and sciences.  A provocative #historiography that should be read by all interested in the status of #paranormal studies and experiences in #academia, the sciences, and society.  Read "Psychical Research in the History and Philosophy of Science: An Introduction and Review" here: https://www.academia.edu/8018315/Psychical_research_in_the_history_and_philosophy_of_science._An_introduction_and_review
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Did you experience a #poltergeist?  If so, I would like to hear from you as part of my historical research project on experiences and studies of this anomalous physical phenomenon.  Click on the below link for more information and to participate.

A poltergeist generally includes any combination of the following things:
• Strange, unexplainable sounds
• Objects that apparently moved on their own, for example sliding across surfaces or flying through the air
• Spontaneous fires or appearances of liquid

Other types of events may have been experienced as well.

These things must have happened REPEATEDLY and over a LIMITED PERIOD OF TIME (for example, a few weeks or months, occasionally longer).

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BBC journalist David Robinson agrees to go under hypnosis to experience the sensation of being possessed via mind control.  This fascinating article also considers the history of hypnosis, its altruistic goals, as well as the darker sides of experimentation that aim to better understand mental ailments.

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Why do movies about exorcisms continue to be so popular? Nicholas Barber of BBC writes:

"It’s... striking that the sceptical characters invariably do become convinced. On every occasion, superstition triumphs where science has failed, which means that, for all their violence and swearing, Hollywood’s exorcism movies are ultimately pro-religion."

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Are you in New York tomorrow night (June 25th)? Join Pam Grossman and Christina Oakley Harrington in a double bill of lectures, The Night of the Witch!

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How could I not share the story of an actor who plays a "half-woman, half-fox" at the Karachi Zoo in Pakistan who is happy to make other's happy?  Mumtaz Begum says of his relationship to zoo attendees, "There is a bond of love between me and them. Life is very short; it should be spent spreading smiles."

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Here come the swans. Fantastical #art nouveau by Estonian artist Silvia-Sigrid Sillaots, http://si3art.deviantart.com/
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Scholars who look at the extraordinary and the paranormal in the humanities. No. 2. DAVID L. WEDDLE.

Dr. David Weddle is a professor of religion at Colorado College in Colorado Springs.  His book Miracles: Wonder and Meaning in World Religions (New York University Press, 2010) was called "an exceptionally calm and balanced comparative study of miracles" by Jeffrey Kripal in his new textbook Comparing Religions (Wiley Blackwell, 2014, p 226).

On his academic webpage, Dr. Weddle writes that his book

"explores popular enthusiasm for miracles, official regulation of miracle claims, and religious objections to miracles, drawing on examples from Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, and Islamic traditions. I interpret miracle stories as signs of what each tradition holds as 'transcendent,' opening human life to radically new possibilities and keeping alive a sense of hope and wonder. If a religion offers no miraculous signs, is it worth the bother?"

For more about Dr. Weddle, see his website: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/religion/people/profile.dot?person=weddle_david_leroy

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Grenz|Wissenschaft-Aktuell (GriWi) on my historical research on twentieth-century experiences and studies of the poltergeist phenomenon (in German).

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I was interviewed over the phone by Guelph Mercury reporter Alex Migdal yesterday in relation to a Rockwood, Ontario, woman's sighting of unusual lights in the night sky over the weekend.  Alex asked me about why people believe in the supernatural - a landmine of a question. I think my response to Alex's question near the end of the article comes across as too ambiguous, and I wish it could have been more precise.  How would you have responded?
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