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eBook Paranormal America: Ghost Encounters, UFO Sightings, Bigfoot Hunts, and Other Curiosities in Religion and Culture ePub

eBook Paranormal America: Ghost Encounters, UFO Sightings, Bigfoot Hunts, and Other Curiosities in Religion and Culture ePub

by F. Carson Mencken,Christopher Bader

  • ISBN: 0814791352
  • Category: New Age and Spirituality
  • Subcategory: Spirituality
  • Author: F. Carson Mencken,Christopher Bader
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: NYU Press (January 5, 2011)
  • Pages: 272
  • ePub book: 1129 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1381 kb
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  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 339

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With F. Carson Mencken, he is Principal Investigator on the Baylor Religion Survey Project. The authors go on ghost and bigfoot hunts, indulge in psychic readings, consult UFO trackers, and refer time and again to a couple of religious surveys. They do not expound on the paranormal itself, merely the people who make these things a part of their lives. Interestingly enough, most of us do just that in one way or another.

Christopher D. Bader. UFO books and Web sites claim that Christopher Columbus reported a light glimmering at a great distance in his ship’s log two days before first landing in the New World. In the 1800s the United States experienced a rash of sightings of flying, cigar-shaped objects somewhat similar to dirigibles, which sometimes disgorged humanlike pilots Save.

Paranormal America takes the reader on a thought-provoking journey into the study of paranormal beliefs and experiences in the United States. The authors do not take a position with regard to the reality of the paranormal, but, as is appropriate for social scientists, simply seek to describe the prevalence of paranormal beliefs and the characteristics of the people who hold them.

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by Christopher Bader & F. At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.

Paranormal America book. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Start by marking Paranormal America: Ghost Encounters, UFO Sightings, Bigfoot Hunts, and Other Curiosities in Religion and Culture as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Bader, F. Carson Mencken, and Joseph O. Baker. a NEW YORK UNIVERSIT Y PRESS New York and London. 11 Purported films, hair samples, photos, footprint casts, and eyewitness reports have failed to convince scientists that the woods are home to a giant ap. 2 Ghosts remain as mysterious as ever, despite tales as old as the written word. Thankfully, people are the focus of our inquiry and people are not as hard to find as ghosts or aliens.

Please copy and paste this embed script to where you want to embed. 750x600 750x500 600x500 600x400. Bader (Author) Christopher D. Bader is Professor of Sociology at Chapman University and affiliated with the Institute for Religion, Economics and Culture (IRES). F. Carson Mencken (Author) F. Carson Mencken is Professor and department chair of Sociology at Baylor University. Carson Mencken and Joseph O. Paranormal America is an important book not only for its impressive organization of data, but it brings a light to bear upon topics that have been largely ignored, if not outright mocked, by the academy. Paranormal America: Ghost Encounters, UFO Sightings, Bigfoot Hunters, and Other Curiosities in Religion and Culture. New York: New York University Press, 2010. ISBN: 978-0-8147-9135-6. The authors illustrate, however, that while the various beliefs discussed are considered to be fringe elements, belief in them is actually widespread, and in fact quite normal.

A significant number of Americans spend their weekends at UFO conventions hearing whispers of government cover-ups, at New Age gatherings learning the keys to enlightenment, or ambling around historical downtowns learning about resident ghosts in tourist-targeted 'ghost walks' They have been fed a steady diet of fictional shows with paranormal themes such as The X-Files, Supernatural, and Medium, shows that may seek to simply entertain, but also serve to disseminate paranormal beliefs. The public hunger for the paranormal seems insatiable. Paranormal America provides the definitive portrait of Americans who believe in or have experienced such phenomena as ghosts, Bigfoot, UFOs, psychic phenomena, astrology, and the power of mediums. However, unlike many books on the paranormal, this volume does not focus on proving or disproving the paranormal, but rather on understanding the people who believe and how those beliefs shape their lives. Drawing on the Baylor Religion Survey a multi-year national random sample of American religious values, practices, and behaviors as well as extensive fieldwork including joining hunts for Bigfoot and spending the night in a haunted house, authors Christopher Bader, F. Carson Mencken, and Joseph Baker shed light on what the various types of paranormal experiences, beliefs, and activities claimed by Americans are; whether holding an unconventional belief, such as believing in Bigfoot, means that one is unconventional in other attitudes and behaviors; who has such experiences and beliefs and how they differ from other Americans; and if we can expect major religions to emerge from the paranormal. Brimming with engaging personal stories and provocative findings, Paranormal America is an entertaining yet authoritative look at a growing segment of American religious culture.

Comments

Getaianne Getaianne
First I have to make something clear: This is not a book about the paranormal. It's a book about the people who believe in the paranormal. The authors go on ghost and bigfoot hunts, indulge in psychic readings, consult UFO trackers, and refer time and again to a couple of religious surveys. They do not expound on the paranormal itself, merely the people who make these things a part of their lives. Interestingly enough, most of us do just that in one way or another. That's what this book is about.

Considering it's written by a group of sociologists, the book is well-written and easy to digest. These three authors, who had to stick out like sore thumbs everywhere they went, interview dozens of people who have made bigfoot, ghosts, UFO's, psychic phenomenon and extreme religious worship integral parts of their lives. It's a curious mix, and the make up of that mix is what interests the writers. They analyze and dissect (not literally) the people they meet and try to categorize them in different ways. It's an interesting journey, even if the end result is simply to say that almost all of us believe in some sort of paranormal activity, with more joining the movement all the time.

If you are one of those that are deeply involved in the paranormal, you might not find this book very interesting. In fact, despite their best efforts to be politically correct, I think some might take offense at the conclusions derived from their data. But if you're interested in what type of people believe these things, then this is a good read.
Blackworm Blackworm
This book fails in large part by neglecting to include a chapter on the Psychology of Belief. To understand belief from a sociologic perspective you need to understand what role evolution has played in how our storage brain processes information.
Lemana Lemana
A fascinating and exciting read! I found this book to be quite absorbing. Our government has not been forthcoming about the UFOs that have visited our country.
Cha Cha
Makes you think
Gavidor Gavidor
Written more for academia, interesting in parts.
Vaua Vaua
This book is a thoroughly engaging and well-written summary of research conducted by a group of sociologists who investigated, not paranormal phenomena, but rather the PEOPLE who BELIEVE in paranormal phenomena. Although the authors themselves are skeptics, they never pass judgment on their subjects. Instead, the researchers carefully and dutifully report, without editorializing, exactly what their subjects say about their paranormal experiences. The authors go along on a ghost hunt, a bigfoot hunt, and have their fortunes told by soothsayers. The stories of these excursions and the people who lead them provide interesting background information which breathes life into the authors' raw data, charts, and statistics. Personally, I don't believe in any paranormal phenomena, so I greatly admire the authors for their ability to complete this work without once rolling their eyes or winking at the camera, so to speak. This is a fun, interesting, and informative book.
Skilkancar Skilkancar
This book was great for the skeptic and non skeptic. Especially interesting was the chapter where the author goes to a haunted house with firm believers. They come out believing they have barely escaped with their lives and souls intact. The author, who was open to anything, comes away wondering why he didn't see or feel anything unusual, besides the behavior of the firm believers. It's all in your mind, and belief based on non evidence is quite common. Not a hard stretch when most people in the US believe in God, but troubling as TV shows now push a paranormal view of the world, from UFOs to Bigfoot, as "fact".