Wondrous Healing: Shamanism, Human Evolution, and the Origin of Religion

This text explains why beliefs in supernatural forces – ghosts, poltergeists, witches, and spirits – are based on universal experience. The author maintains that beliefs in mysterious anomalies such as estatic trances, apparitions, extra-sensory perceptions, out-of-body experiences, psychokinesis, firewalking, and miraculous recovery are predicated upon evolutionary psychology. Such beliefs reveal a spiritual impulse in the human species. He aims to demonstrate that age-old healing rituals such as chanting and rythmic dancing have scientically verifiable benefits.

  • Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press (November 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875805906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875805900

Wondrous Events: Foundations of Religious Belief

James McClenon examines the relationship between wondrous events—extrasensory perception, apparitions, out-of-body and near-death experiences, sleep paralysis, psychokinesis, firewalking, psychic surgery, and spiritual healing—and the foundations of religious belief.

  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press; 1st ed edition (November 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812230744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812230741

Deviant Science: The Case of Parapsychology

  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (February 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812211782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812211788

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