Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

2020 Edition
| Editors: David A. Leeming

Paranormal Experience

  • Nicholas Grant BoevingEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24348-7_492
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Although the word itself did not come into common usage until at least 1920 (from the Latin para: counter, against), the cluster of phenomena generally agreed upon as being “paranormal” has appeared in every culture, age, and era of which we have written record. As is the case in every historical excavation, one must take note of the fact that the taxonomies used are indeed our own and, in the particular case of this category, entirely new. What we in the modern age consider outside or next to the limen of experience, other cultures included with the mysteries of the circulation of the blood and the wind, harsh demarcations being the province of the modern age. Generally speaking, however, the paranormal is an umbrella term used to describe unusual experiences or events that resist scientific explanation. The term is frequently found in conjunction with parapsychology, the scientific field dedicated to the gathering and analysis of paranormal data, under which the following are...

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  1. 1.Rice UniversityHoustonUSA