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The Supernatural After the Neuro-Turn

1st Edition

Edited by Pieter F. Craffert, John R. Baker, Michael J. Winkelman


176 pages

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pub: 2019-09-26
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This book takes what is often referred to as the 'supernatural' to be normal natural phenomena that are closely linked to the neurobiology of the human species. Reflecting the neurocultural and biocultural perspective, the chapters cover phenomena such as out-of-body experiences, ghosts, and experiences of spirit entities. The contributors consider the ‘supernatural’ as emerging from innate neurobiological structures and functions, and reflecting known neurobiological processes that explain their universality and persistence.

Table of Contents


1 The Supernatural: A Range Of Neurocultural Phenomena

Pieter F Craffert

2 Supernatural And The Invisible: A Biogenetic Structural Account

Charles D. Laughlin

3 The Evolutionary Origins of the Supernatural in Ritual Behaviors

Michael J Winkelman

4 Neurocognitive Processes and Supernatural Beliefs

Andrew Newberg David B. Yaden

5 The Supernatural as Innate Cognitive Operators

Michael J Winkelman

6 Embodied Experiences And The Neurobiological, Cognitive And Psychological Production Of Ghosts

Pieter F Craffert

7 Shamanic Alterations of Consciousness as Sources of Supernatural Experiences

Michael J. Winkelman

8 Extraordinary Knowing Within The Framework Of Natural Science: Toward A Science Of Transpersonal Phenomena

Yakov Shapiro & J. Rowan Scott

About the Editors

Pieter F. Craffert is a Professor in the Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies at the University of South Africa.

John R. Baker is Professor of Anthropology at Moorpark College, USA. He is Past President of the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness. He co-edits the journal Time and Mind, and is an associate editor for the journal Anthropology of Consciousness.

Michael J, Winkelman is an Associate Professor (retired) in the School of Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University, USA. He is Past President of the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness, and founding President of the Anthropology of Religion section of the American Anthropological Association.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General