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How Rational Minds Embrace Magic and Witchcraft (Tanya Luhrmann’s Persuasions of the Witch’s Craft)

Tanya Luhrmann’s, ‘Persuasions of the Witch’s Craft: Ritual Magic in Contemporary England’, offers an in-depth exploration of how individuals in modern, scientifically-oriented societies develop a profound connection with the practices of magic and witchcraft. At the core of our discussion is Luhrmann’s intriguing concept of ‘interpretative drift,’ which describes a gradual yet significant shift in [...]

Everything you always wanted to know about the history of science & magic (but were afraid to ask)

Welcome! I’m Dr. Andreas Sommer, a historian specialising in the hidden history of science & magic. For my academic credentials and links to some of my publications, see If you’d like to start doing some background reading, I put together a comprehensive reading list, which you can check out at

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