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Author Lamont, Peter.
Title Extraordinary beliefs : a historical approach to a psychological problem / Peter Lamont.
Imprint Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Author Lamont, Peter.
Subject Parapsychology.
Parapsychology -- history.
Psychology -- history.
Hypnosis -- history.
Description 1 online resource
polychrome rdacc
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. The making of the extraordinary -- 3. The making of mesmeric phenomena -- 4. The making of spiritualist phenomenam -- 5. The making of psychic phenomena -- 6. The making of paranormal phenomena -- 7. The making of extraordinary beliefs.
A brief reflexive preface; Acknowledgements; ONE Introduction; Observations on an extraordinary feat; Some extraordinary beliefs past and present; Understanding paranormal beliefs; Why history of Psychology?; Psychological knowledge as constructed; Psychological knowledge is constructive; A history of unorthodox Psychology; TWO The making of the extraordinary; The performance of magic: how it is done; Effects, methods and misdirection: what you see, and what you don't; The role of pseudo-explanations in magic; The reception of magic: how it is seen; Believing in magic.
Framing an extraordinary feat (in performance and reception)Beliefs and discourse; THREE The making of mesmeric phenomena; Framing mesmeric phenomena (in performance); Framing mesmeric demonstrations (in reports): reporting the facts; Framing the phenomena as extraordinary; Framing the phenomena as ordinary; The construction of a new boundary between ordinary and extraordinary; Framing a failed demonstration of mesmeric clairvoyance; Framing a successful demonstration; Framing an exposure of mesmerism; Constructing a psychology of error.
Mesmerism and the constructive powers of psychological knowledgeDiscussion; FOUR The making of spiritualist phenomena; Framing seance phenomena (in performance); Framing seance phenomena (the reception): reporting the facts; Managing extraordinariness; Constructing and deploying expertise; Framing seance phenomena as not real; Framing seance phenomena as trickery; The framing of failures, duplications and exposures; Discussion; FIVE The making of psychic phenomena; The birth of psychic phenomena; The problems of framing mind-reading: the case of Washington Irving Bishop.
Scientific psychology and the psychology of errorThe case of Munsterberg and Beulah Miller; Discussion; SIX The making of paranormal phenomena; The making of parapsychology; The making of mind-reading, c. 1900-1970; The making of Marion; The making of paranormal belief; The making of the modern sceptic; Discussion; SEVEN The making of extraordinary beliefs; The particularity of extraordinary beliefs; Extraordinary beliefs and expertise; On other beliefs about extraordinary phenomena; Understanding extraordinary beliefs; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Summary "Since the early nineteenth century, mesmerists, mediums and psychics have exhibited extraordinary phenomena. These have been demonstrated, reported and disputed by every modern generation. We continue to wonder why people believe in such things, while others wonder why they are dismissed so easily. Extraordinary Beliefs takes a historical approach to an ongoing psychological problem: why do people believe in extraordinary phenomena? It considers the phenomena that have been associated with mesmerism, spiritualism, psychical research and parapsychology. By drawing upon conjuring theory, frame analysis and discourse analysis, it examines how such phenomena have been made convincing in demonstration and report, and then disputed endlessly. It argues that we cannot understand extraordinary beliefs unless we properly consider the events in which people believe, and what people believe about them. And it shows how, in constructing and maintaining particular beliefs about particular phenomena, we have been in the business of constructing ourselves"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781107314245 (electronic bk.)
1107314240 (electronic bk.)
9781139094320 (electronic bk.)
1139094327 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 825767594
Additional Format Print version: Lamont, Peter. Extraordinary beliefs. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013 9781107019331 (DLC) 2012035057 (OCoLC)812071268.

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