The Trickster and the Paranormal

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Xlibris Corporation, 2001 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 564 pages
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Paranormal and supernatural events have been reported for millennia.  They have fostered history's most important cultural transformations (e.g., via the miracles of Moses, Jesus, Mohammed).  Paranormal phenomena are frequently portrayed in the world's greatest art and literature, as well as in popular TV shows and movies.  Most adults in the U.S. believe in them.  Yet they have a marginal place in modern culture.  No university departments are devoted to studying psychic phenomena.  In fact, a panoply of scientists now aggressively denounces them.

These facts present a deeply puzzling situation.  But they become coherent after pondering the trickster figure, an archaic being found worldwide in mythology and folklore.  The trickster governs paradox and the irrational, but his messages are concealed.  This book draws upon theories of the trickster from anthropology, folklore, sociology, semiotics, and literary criticism.  It examines psychic phenomena and UFOs and explains why they are so problematical for science.

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User Review  - Ran Prieur - Goodreads

The writing style is surprisingly clear and easy to read -- the book is difficult because of the ideas. Hansen sketches a view of the paranormal that is almost incomprehensible from the objective ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alix Amnamare - Goodreads

A weighty book that takes a while to process, though it's broken up into independent sections so you don't need to read it straight through. This book really gets into how very weird reality and the ... Read full review

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Hansen was employed in parapsychology laboratories for eight years, three at the Rhine Research Center in Durham, NC., and five at Psychophysical Research Laboratories in Princeton, NJ. His research included remote viewing, psychokinesis on electronic random number generators, seance phenomena, and ghosts. He is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

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