Weirdness without Spirits: Poltergeist Phenomena & Science in the 20th Century

Readings: Gauld & Cornell, “Poltergeists”,​. Fanny Moser, “Spuk. Irrglaube oder Wahrglaube?”,

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Welcome to the concluding episode of our journey in the haunted past of modern science!

We continue to encounter figures not usually associated with “things that go bump in the night” in the 20th century: physics Nobel Laureates Marie Curie & Wolfgang Pauli, psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler (who coined “schizophrenia”), and positivist philosopher of science Hans Hahn (of the Vienna Circle) are just some of the figures one would not associate with open-minded interest in alleged poltergeist-style phenomena.

Published on February 3, 2021