The Ontological Status of Spiritual EntitieswithJack Hunter

Books Mentioned In This Interview

jack hunter greening the paranormal: exploring the ecology of extraordinary experience jack hunter engaging the anomalous jack hunter david luke talking with the spirits jack hunter damned facts jack hunter strange dimensions tylor primitive culture sir william crookes researches in the phenomena of spiritualism andrew lang dreams and ghosts andrew lang the crimson fairy book bronislaw malinowski magic, science and religion franz boas primitive art evans-pritchard witchcraft, oracles and magic among the azande william james pragmatism karl-otto apel charles s. peirce lawrence leshan landscapes of the mind eileen garrett adventures in the supernormal bruce grindal growing up in two worlds sir oliver lodge raymond: or life and death rhine new frontiers of the mind david jaher the witch of lime street leslie kean surviving death frank salamone the intellectual legacy of victor and edith turner andrew osta shamans and healers ronald rose primitive psychic power saltmarsh evidence of personal survival from cross correspondences malcolm bird margery the medium monica gagliano thus spoke the plant

Jack Hunter, PhD, is author of Spirits, Gods, and Magic: An Introduction to the Anthropology of the Supernatural; Engaging the Anomalous; and is editor of an anthology titled Greening the Paranormal: Exploring the Ecology of Extraordinary Experience. He is also coeditor, with David Luke, of Talking With The Spirits: Ethnographies From Between The Worlds. He is also founder of the journal, Paranthropology.

Here he describes different approaches taken to the realm of spirits by scholars in anthropology. He recalls his own fieldwork studying spiritualist mediumship in the United Kingdom. He presents various cases suggesting that spiritual entities are part of the natural world. However, he acknowledges that it is exceedingly tricky to distinguish between living agent psi and autonomous spiritual entities.

New Thinking Allowed host, Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, hosted and co-produced the original Thinking Allowed public television series. He is a past vice-president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology; and is the recipient of the Pathfinder Award from that Association for his contributions to the field of human consciousness exploration. He is the recipient of the only doctoral diploma in “Parapsychology” ever awarded by an accredited university (University of California, 1980).

(Recorded on August 31, 2020)


Published on October 7, 2020


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