Investigating Psychic SurgerywithJames McClenon

Books Mentioned In This Interview

James McClenon, PhD has been a sociology professor and licensed clinical social worker. He is author of Deviant Science: The Case of Parapsychology, Wondrous Events: Foundations of Religious Belief, Wondrous Healing: Shamanism, Human Evolution and the Origin of Relgion, and The Entity Letters: A Sociologist on the Trail of a Supernatural Mystery.

Here he explains that he has observed more than 1,000 instances of psychic surgery in the Philippines. He has also collected stories from the healers, themselves, regarding the conditions that led them to pursue a calling as a healer. He noted that many people believe themselves to have been healed through psychic surgery. Ultimately, however, he has seen no evidence that these ostensible surgeries are evidential of psychokinesis. Toward the end, he and Jeff engage in a conversation about replicability in parapsychology.

(Recorded on November 7, 2018)

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Published on November 8, 2018


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