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James Randi – Skeptic, debunker of the paranormal

James Randi (1928-) is a Toronto born American citizen known for his skepticism and enthusiastic debunking of paranormal truth claims. In the past, Randi has demanded scientific evidence of paranormal abilities using science as he defines it. This was evident in … Continue reading


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Looking through a glass darkly – The paranormal, normal and bias

The Latin prefix para means beside or beyond. Like the word supernatural, paranormal refers to any phenomenon that eludes explanation through normal science or conventional wisdom. Paranormal can be a misleading term because what is ‘normal’ is open to debate … Continue reading


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Regression – Childish vs. Contemplative

In Freudian psychoanalytic theory regression is a defense mechanism in which the ego partially or fully revisits an earlier phase of libidinal¹ development. This process is generally viewed as a backward step, one brought on by unresolved anxiety that challenges ‘normal’ … Continue reading


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Sri Ramakrishna – Hindu spiritual figure claiming to have practiced different religions

Sri Ramakrishna (1836-86) began life as an obscure, unschooled village boy, Gadhadhar Chatterji. His first major religoius experience came at age six. Ramakrishna describes his first spiritual ecstasy…while walking along the paddy fields, a flock of white cranes flying against a … Continue reading


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Skepticism – An old way of finding out new things

In philosophy skepticism is the notion that we cannot know things beyond a shadow of a doubt. Extreme skepticism contends that we cannot be certain about the truth of any belief, including the belief in skepticism. Softer forms of skepticism … Continue reading


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Syntonic Counter-Transference

In 1957 the psychiatrist and Jungian analyst, Michael Fordham, forwarded the term “syntonic counter-transference” (SCT) to describe a kind of transference where the analyst enters into a “primitive identity” with the analysand. With SCT the analyst apparently senses the patient’s … Continue reading


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J. B. Watson

J. B. Watson (John Broadus, 1878-1958 ) was an American psychologist who developed the work of the influential Russian, Ivan Pavlov. He established the school of Behaviorism. Watson’s work has been criticized by depth psychologists, writers and theologians, alike. But … Continue reading


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Max Weber

Max Weber (1864-1920) was a German sociologist. He apparently suffered some kind of mental collapse after confronting his father for abusing his mother. He is said to have recovered through rationality. This might have contributed to Weber’s emphasis on rationality … Continue reading