Anthropology & The Paranormal


Instructor: James Lett, Ph.D.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS


SYLLABUS

Schedule:

  1. INTRODUCTION
    1. Skepticism and Critical Thinking - Part I
      [reading: PBS "Introduction," pp.68-75]
    2. Skepticism and Critical Thinking - Part II
      [reading: PBS pp.5-23; HM pp.31-39]
    3. Skepticism and the Paranormal
      [reading: PBS pp.77-110; SCP Chapters 5 & 6]

  2. PARAPSYCHOLOGY
    1. Extrasensory Perception: Clairvoyance, Telepathy, and Precognition
      [reading: SCP Chapters 3, 10, 11, 12, 13 & 21; HM pp.125-148]
    2. Psychokinesis
      [reading: PBS pp.111-127; SCP Chapters 14, 15, 16 & 17; HM pp.149-170]
    3. Psychic Healing and Medical Controversies
      [reading: HM pp.247-261, 271-278]
    4. Mind and Body
      [reading: PBS pp.151-178; HM Part 3]
    5. The New Age: Channeling, Crystals, and Other Popular Claims
      [reading: HM pp.171-199, 209-221]

  3. PSEUDOSCIENCE
    1. Fringe Archaeology
      [reading: PBS pp.305-347; SCP Chapters 30, 31 & 32]
    2. Astrology
      [reading: PBS pp.233-262; SCP Chapter 22; HM Part 7]
    3. UFOs
      [reading: PBS pp.464-465; SCP Chapters 26, 27, 28 & 29; HM Part 8]
    4. Cryptozoology
      [reading: SCP Chapter 38]
    5. Creationism and the Shroud of Turin
      [reading: PBS pp.379-390; SCP Chapters 34, 35, 36 & 37]
    6. The Bermuda Triangle, Easter Island, Atlantis, and Other Mysterious Places
      [reading: PBS pp.281-287]
    7. Institutionalized Pseudoscience: Biorhythms, Polygraphs, Graphology, Chiropractic & Psychotherapy
      [reading: PBS pp.189-218; HM pp.200-208, 262-270]
    8. Institutionalized Paranormality: Religion and the Existence of God
      [reading: HM Part 1]

FINAL EXAM


READING MATERIAL

Required Texts: