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    DescriptionSince 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.

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    Extraordinary Beliefs
    A Historical Approach to a Psychological Problem
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter Lamont
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 222 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 520 g
    ISBN 13: 9781107688025
    ISBN 10: 1107688027

    BIC E4L: PSY
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    LC classification: BF1031 .L255 2013
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    Edition statement
    New ed.
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    Publication date
    18 March 2013
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    Author Information
    Dr Peter Lamont is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh. He is Programme Director of the MSc in History and Theory of Psychology, and Honorary Secretary of the British Psychological Society (History and Philosophy of Psychology Section). He is also a longstanding member of the Koestler Parapsychology Unit, a former professional magician, an Associate of the Inner Magic Circle and Past President of the Edinburgh Magic Circle. He has published extensively on the history and psychology of magic and the paranormal.
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    'Outstanding clarity, penetrating argument and a series of fascinating examples make this an accessible and profoundly insightful read, whether for academics and their students or the legendary general reader. As well as its obvious relevance to historians and psychologists, it has much to offer to social scientists.' Barry Barnes, University of Exeter 'Lamont offers a thought-provoking and sophisticated examination of the way that debates about claims to paranormal abilities rely on their historical context as much as scientific evidence. He makes a compelling case for the value of historical scholarship in psychological research, and raises important questions about the status of psychology as a science.' Robin Wooffitt, University of York 'A must for anyone interested in psychology, the history of spiritualism and the mediumship in performances - fascinating and brilliantly researched.' Kindred Spirit 'A balanced, systematic framework for understanding why some people have believed in unusual things and others have not ... a challenging and thought-provoking read.' Magic Magazine
    Table of contents
    1. Introduction; 2. The making of the extraordinary; 3. The making of mesmeric phenomena; 4. The making of spiritualist phenomena; 5. The making of psychic phenomena; 6. The making of paranormal phenomena; 7. The making of extraordinary beliefs.