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George P. Hansen
>   Rationalization, Secularization, and The Paranormal: on the "Elimination" of Magic from the World

 

ACADEMY OF SPIRITUALITY AND PARANORMAL STUDIES, INC.ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2010 PROCEEDINGS

 

ABSTRACT:
Rationalization (Max Weber’s sense) and secularization reduce societies’acceptance of paranormal (supernatural) phenomena. Rationalization involvesdisenchantment, i.e., the “elimination” of magic from the world. Standard definitions of magic from sociology and anthropology are equivalent to, in parapsychological terms,the intentional use of psi.

Both religious and secularizing forces work to suppress and marginalize magic, but it is not eliminated. Practice of, and opposition to, magic areinfluenced by social position, with opponents of magic and parapsychology often found among intellectual elites. Intellectual elite culture is essentially disenchanted

 

 

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