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Paranthropology Vol4. No. 3 (July 2013)

Paranthropology Vol4. No. 3 (July 2013)

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Published by Jack Hunter
'Introduction: Taking Experience Seriously' - Jack Hunter

'Experience and Studying the Paranormal' - Charles F. Emmons & Penelope Emmons

'Lord of the Flies: The Phenomenology of a Possession' - Peter Mark Adams

'Recognising the Voice of God' - Tanya M. Luhrmann

'From Sleep Paralysis to Spiritual Experience: An Interview With David Hufford' - John W. Morehead

'The Experiencing Brain' - Charles D. Laughlin

'UFOs and Other Anomalous Phenomena: Connections, Beliefs and Perspectives' - Jose Banuelos

'The Culture of War, “Afterlife Conscious Minds,” & Morphogenetic Fields: The Past Soundscapes of an American Civil War Battlefield'
- John G. Sabol

'Processes of Experience' - Donnalee Dox

'The Brain and Spiritual Experiences: Towards a Neuroscientific Hermeneutic' - Andrew B. Newberg

'Ultra-Terrestrials and the UFO Phenomenon: A Response to Steven Mizrach' - Jason Colavito

'Musings on Good, Evil and the Conquest of Mexico: An Interview With Graham Hancock' - William Rowlandson

[REVIEW] 'Through a Glass Darkly: Magic, Dreams & Prophecy in Ancient Egypt' - Callum E. Cooper
'Introduction: Taking Experience Seriously' - Jack Hunter

'Experience and Studying the Paranormal' - Charles F. Emmons & Penelope Emmons

'Lord of the Flies: The Phenomenology of a Possession' - Peter Mark Adams

'Recognising the Voice of God' - Tanya M. Luhrmann

'From Sleep Paralysis to Spiritual Experience: An Interview With David Hufford' - John W. Morehead

'The Experiencing Brain' - Charles D. Laughlin

'UFOs and Other Anomalous Phenomena: Connections, Beliefs and Perspectives' - Jose Banuelos

'The Culture of War, “Afterlife Conscious Minds,” & Morphogenetic Fields: The Past Soundscapes of an American Civil War Battlefield'
- John G. Sabol

'Processes of Experience' - Donnalee Dox

'The Brain and Spiritual Experiences: Towards a Neuroscientific Hermeneutic' - Andrew B. Newberg

'Ultra-Terrestrials and the UFO Phenomenon: A Response to Steven Mizrach' - Jason Colavito

'Musings on Good, Evil and the Conquest of Mexico: An Interview With Graham Hancock' - William Rowlandson

[REVIEW] 'Through a Glass Darkly: Magic, Dreams & Prophecy in Ancient Egypt' - Callum E. Cooper

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Paranthropology: Journal of Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal
 Vol. 4 No. 3 1
 
 Journal of Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal
ISSN: 2044-9216Vol. 4 No. 3 (July 2013)
 
 Vol. 4 No. 3 (July 2013)
Board of Reviewers
(Dept. Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Bristol)
(Dept. Anthropology, Durham University )
(Centre for Ethnography & Folklore, University of Pennsylvania)
Prof. Charles D. Laughlin
(Dept. Sociology & Anthropology, Carleton University)
Dr. David Luke
(Dept. Psychology & Counseling, University of Greenwich)
(Dept. Social Sciences, Elizabeth State University)
Dr. Sean O'Callaghan
(Department of Politics, Philosophy & Religion, University of Lancaster)
Dr. Serena Roney-Dougal
(Psi Research Centre, Glastonbury)
(Dept. Hispanic Studies, University of Kent)
(Institute for Consciousness Studies, Rhine Research Centre)
 
(Ian Ramsay Centre for Science & Religion, University of Oxford)
(EXESESO, University of Exeter)
(Dept. Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Cambridge)
(School of Human Evolution & Social Change, Arizona State University)
Prof. David E. Young 
 
(Dept. Anthropology, University of Alberta)
Honorary Members of the Board
 
(Dept. Philosophy, University of Maryland)
Paul Devereux
(Royal College of Art)
(Dept. Sociology, Gettysburg College)
(Dept. Anthropology, Gustavus Adolphus College)
Prof. Ronald Hutton
(Dept. History, University of Bristol)
(Faculty of Psychology, Saybrook University)
Dr. Edith Turner
(Dept. Anthropology, University of Virginia)
Dr. Robert Van de Castle
(Dept. Psychiatry, University of Virginia)
Editor
 Jack Hunter
(Dept. Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Bristol)
 
Cover Artwork
 Jack Hunter
Paranthropology: Journal of Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal
 Vol. 4 No. 3 2
 
Journal of Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal
 
Introduction:Taking Experience Seriously
 Jack Hunter
C
onsciousness is one of the great mysteries of contemporary science and philosophy (Nagel2012:35), and is currently undergoing some-thing of a resurgence of interest as a field of investigation (Zahavi 2005:3). Many commenta-tors have noted, however, that the bulk of re-search into the nature of consciousness pro-ceeds according to a fairly restricted idea of thetypes of approach that can be fruitfully appliedto it (Jahn & Dunne 1997:204). Recently emerg-ing as chief amongst the dominant approachesis the neurophysiological approach, which at-tempts to understand consciousness as eitheridentical with, or as an epiphenomenon of,physical brain function (Churchland 1982).This kind of reductionism, often referred to as‘mind/brain identity theory,’ that is the ideathat consciousness and brain-function are syn-onymous, is becoming increasingly popular inboth the professional academic literature andthe popular science literature (Searle1998:xii-xiii). Such reductionist accounts of consciousness have proliferated to the extentthat philosopher and neurologist Raymond Tal-lis has coined the term ‘neuromania’ to refer tothe belief that contemporary neuroscienceproves that consciousness is identical with brainfunction and that free will is an illusion (Tallis2012). The current debate over consciousness,and in particular the relation of consciousnessto the brain (the mind/body problem), is there-fore torn over the question of whether con-sciousness can be reduced solely to the function-ing of the brain or whether it might be some-thing more than this.Whether consciousness can be reduced tobrain function or not, however, the popularemphasis on quantitative, experimental, andneurophysiological approaches to the study of consciousness is not representative of the fullspectrum of possible approaches. There areother means of investigation. Indeed, writing as long ago as the early Twentieth Century, psychologist Wil-liam James (1842-1910) stressed the fact that anymodel of the universe that fails to take into accountthe complexities of subjective experience will ulti-mately be doomed to incompleteness (James 2004[1902]:335). Echoing this sentiment more recently,Thomas Nagel has written that ‘[t]he existence of consciousness seems to imply that the physical de-scription of the universe, in spite of its richness andexplanatory power, is only part of the truth’ (Nagel
Paranthropology: Journal of Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal
 Vol. 4 No. 3 3
Contents
Introduction: Taking Experience Seriously- Jack Hunter (3-8)-Experience and Studying the Paranormal- Charles F. Emmons & Penelope Emmons (9-13)-Lord of the Flies:The Phenomenology of a Possession- Peter Mark Adams (14-18) -Recognising the Voice of God- Tanya M. Luhrmann (19-20) -From Sleep Paralysis to Spiritual Experience: An Inter-view With David Hu
ord- John W. Morehead (21-28) -The Experiencing Brain- Charles D. Laughlin (29-34) -UFOs and Other Anomalous Phenomena:Connections, Beliefs and Perspectives- Jose Banuelos (35-40) -The Culture of War, “Afterlife Conscious Minds,” & Mor-phogenetic Fields: The Past Soundscapes of an AmericanCivil War Battlefield- John G. Sabol (41-47) -Processes of Experience- Donnalee Dox (48-53) -The Brain and Spiritual Experiences:Towards a Neuroscientific Hermeneutic- Andrew B. Newberg (54-62) -Ultra-Terrestrials and the UFO Phenomenon:A Response to Steven Mizrach- Jason Colavito (64-68) -Musings on Good, Evil and the Conquest of Mexico: AnInterview With Graham Hancock- William Rowlandson (69-78) -[REVIEW] Through a Glass Darkly:Magic, Dreams & Prophecy in Ancient Egypt- Callum E. Cooper (79-80) -

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