Thursday, 12 March 2015

Paranthropology Vol. 6 No. 1 - Now Available

I am pleased to announce the publication of Paranthropology Vol. 6 No. 1, available to download from the following site:

This issue features:

The Dragon and Me:
Anthropology and the Paranormal 
- Susan Greenwood 

A Framework of Belief in Paranormal Experiences and its Relation to Positive/Negative Schizotypy - Alejandro Parra

Research Perspectives in Parapsychology and Shamanism - Stanley Krippner 

Capturing Spirituality: A Photo-Elicitation Study With Two British Neo-Pagans - Matt Coward

On the "Types" and Dynamics of Apparitional Hallucinations - S. Alexander Hardison 

W. Paul Reeve & Michael Scott Van Wagenen on the Supernatural World in Mormon History and Folklore - John W. Morehead

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Paranthropology Vol. 5 No. 4 - Now Available to Download


Differentiating Experiences from Events, and Validity from Authenticity in the Anthropology of Consciousness - Stanley Krippner & Mark A. Schroll

Reflections on Methodological Concerns in the Anthropology of Consciousness: A Response to Krippner & Schroll - Hillary S. Webb

Interplay of Perspectives in the Anthropology of Consciousness: A Commentary on Krippner & Schroll - Susan Greenwood

Experiencing Dream Telepathy (Or Non-Local Memory): A Fifty Year Retrospective Autobiographical Analysis - Mark A. Schroll

Psychic Dreams: Evidence, Transformational Process and Magical Thinking - David Luke

Whose Dream Is It Anyway? A Commentary on Experiencing Dream Telepathy (or Non-local Memory): A 50 Year Retrospective Autobiographical Analysis - Zelda Hall

Sacred Places and Home Dream Reports: Methodological Reassessments and Reflections on Paul Devereux’s Experiment in Wales and England - Stanley Krippner & Mark A. Schroll

Geomantic Earthmind: Practicing Earth Yoga: A Response to Krippner & Schroll - Bethe Hagens

Commentary: Barometers for the Anomalous? Dreams and Transpersonal Archaeology - Ryan Hurd

Bohm’s Influence on Ullman’s Theory of the Origin of Dreams: Reflections and Insights from Montague Ullman’s Last Interview - Mark A. Schroll

Dreaming, Ullman, and Bohm: A Commentary - Daniel Deslauries

Epilogue: Toward a New Paradigm of the Varieties of Transformative Experience - Mark A. Schroll & Darlene Viggiano.

Review: ‘Seeing Fairies: From the Lost Archives of the Fairy Investigation Society, Authentic Reports of Fairies in Modern Times’ by Marjorie T. Johnson - James McClenon

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Saturday, 30 August 2014

Paranthropology Vol. 5 No. 3 - Now Available to Download


The Spectrum of Specters:
 Making Sense of Ghostly Encounters - Jammie Price

The Witch from “His-Story” to “Her-Stories”: Changing Contexts - Matt Coward

The Complexities of Evaluating  Evidence for “Psychic” Effects: 
Spontaneous Case Research in Parapsychology and Some Considerations for Progression - S. Alexander Hardison

Ritual as Therapy:
 Steps Towards an Ethnography of the Invisible - Peter Mark Adams

‘Research Among Spirits, Ghosts and Deities: How to Study Non-Ordinary Realities’ - Panel at BASR Annual Conference, The Open University, 
September 2014

COMMENTARY: Progressivism, Materialism, Anthropology, Politics, and the Paranormal: Reflections on a Talk on William James' "Excision" - T. Peter Park

REVIEW: ‘Talking With the Spirits: Ethnographies from Between the Worlds’ Edited by Jack Hunter & David Luke - William Rowlandson

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Friday, 30 May 2014

Paranthropology Vol. 5 No. 2 - Now Available to Download

Here it is, finally, Paranthropology Vol. 5 No. 2, co-edited with Dr. Hannah Gilbert. Featuring:

Exploring the Extraordinary - Hannah Gilbert

Profane Illuminations: Machines, Indian Ghosts, and Boundless Flights through Nature at Contemporary Paranormal Gatherings in America - Darryl Caterine

Magic or Science: A Look at Reiki in American Medicine - Joshua Graham

Hidden Apprenticeships, Hidden Loves: Transmission of Enhanced Awareness in Mediumistic and Shamanic Traditions - David Gordon Wilson

Communication Across the Chasm:Experiences With the Deceased - John A. Napora 

Book Hauntings - Mark Valentine

Orbs, some definitive evidence that they are not paranormal - Steven T. Parsons

Interview: Andy Sharp (English Heretic) - Hannah Gilbert

Playback Hex: William Burroughs and the Magical Objectivity of the Tape Recorder - James Riley

REVIEW: Exploring the Extraordinary Conference (Gettysburg College, March 21 to 23) - T. Peter Park

REVIEW: ‘Folie et Paranormal’ by Renaud Evrard - Jean-Michel Abrassart

REVIEW: ‘Speak of the Devil: Tales of Satanic Abuse in Contemporary England’ by J.S. La Fontaine - Michael J. Rush

Monday, 31 March 2014

'Talking With the Spirits' - New Edited Book on Spirit Mediumship

I am pleased to announce the publication of 'Talking With the Spirits: Ethnographies from Between the Worlds’ a collection of 12 essays exploring spirit mediumship traditions around the world.
Edited by Jack Hunter & David Luke, and featuring chapters from Fiona Bowie, Hannah Gilbert, Deirdre Meintel, Jack Hunter, Tamlyn Ryan, Barbara Stockigt, Diana Espirito Santo, Bettina E. Schmidt, David Luke, Everton de Oliveira Maraldi, Wellington Zangari, Fatima Regina Machado & Stanley Krippner, Charles F. Emmons and Fabian Graham.
‘What happens when a largely tabooed method (comparativism) hones in on a completely tabooed subject (spirits)? This. Astonishing possibilities, insights, and new directions follow in the wake of these essays, which demonstrate again and again both careful ethnographic description and a most remarkable open-mindedness with respect to the phenomena themselves. What some are calling the “ontological turn” in the humanities just got a bit sharper.’
- Jeffrey J. Kripal, PhD, author of Authors of The Impossible: The Paranormal and The Sacred.
The book is available to order for £19.95 from Amazon UK, or $26.99 from Amazon US.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Paranthropology Vol. 5 No. 1 (January 2014) - Now Published!

"Is the Anomalist on a Fool’s Errand?" - Thomas E. Bullard

"A Phenomenological Evolution of Parapsychology’s 
Philosophy of Science" - Jacob W. Glazie

"Commentary: Contemplating Parapsychology's Evolving Philosophy of Science" - Mark A. Schroll

"Experiences of Synchronicity and Anthropological Endeavours (Part 2): 
‘Beyond a Psychology of Projection into a Cosmology of Synchronicity’
"- Christel Mattheeuws

"The Mystical Brain:
The Primordial Roots of Religion" 
- Charles D. Laughlin

"The Paranormal Body:
Reflections on Indian Perspectives 
Towards the Paranormal" - Loriliai Biernacki

"A Case of Xenoglossy Occurring 
Under Hypnosis" - Ohkado Masayuko 
& Okamoto Satoshi

"Navigating to the Inside:
 First Person Science Perspectives on Consciousness and Psi
" - Rafael G. Locke

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Saturday, 9 November 2013

Paranthropology Vol. 4 No. 4 (October 2013) - Now Available to Download

Paranthropology Vol. 4 No. 4 (October 2013) is now available to download for free:

"Harry Potter and All That: Children’s Understanding of Magic" - Simon Dein

"Divination Systems Within Archaic Shamanic Traditions of Central and Eastern Europe" - Henry Dosedla

"Art and Transpersonal Experience: Anthropology of Spiritual Symbolism and Tibetan Tantric Buddhist Visualization Practice" - Charles D. Laughlin

"Experiences of Synchronicity and Anthropological Endeavours: An Anthropologist Goes Weird" - Christel Mattheeuws

"Invoking the Rational in Acknowledging the Irrational: A Haunting in Malta" - John Micallef

"Anthropology and the Paranormal: Report on a Symposium at the Esalen Institute" - Fiona Bowie

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Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Paranthropology Vol. 4 No. 3 (July 2013) Now Available

I am pleased to announce the publication of Paranthropology Vol. 4 No. 3 (July 2013), featuring contributions from Charles F. Emmons & Penelope Emmons, Peter Mark Adams, Tanya M. Luhrmann, John W. Morehead & David J. Hufford, Charles D. Laughlin, Jose Banuelos, John G. Sabol, Donnalee Dox, Andrew B. Newberg, Jason Colavito, William Rowlandson & Graham Hancock, and Callum E. Cooper. 

The issue is currently only downloadable from Scribd (see link below), but will be available from other sources within the next week:

I hope you find something of interest in this issue.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Call for Papers - Paranthropology (Vol. 4 No. 3) - July 2013

Dear all,

Submissions are now open for the July 2013 issue of "Paranthropology: Journal of Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal" (Vol. 4 No. 3).

See for past issues. 

Articles can be on any topic relating to:

Paranormal/Supernatural/Spiritual/Religious belief/experience, Magic, Parapsychology, Afterlife Research, etc., Mediumship, Shamanism, Occultism, etc., Psychedelic experience, Extraordinary encounters in the field (particularly focussing on the ethnographic interpretation and presentation of extraordinary experiences), General issues in the anthropology of consciousness, religion and experience...

Although anthropological and ethnographic approaches are central to the journal (and it would be nice to see more ethnographic submissions), we also welcome contributions from other disciplines including folklore, history, sociology, psychology, parapsychology and indeed any discipline which has an interesting contribution to make.

If you have an idea for an article that you think would be suitable for the journal, or have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the editor via

Articles should be written in an academic, though accessible style, and should utilise the Harvard referencing system (for information visit All articles should be submitted no later than June 28th 2013.

We are also on the look-out for interesting book reviews and news items, so if you have anything you'd like to share please don't hesitate to get in touch.

I hope to hear from some of you soon.

Jack Hunter (editor)


Thursday, 11 April 2013

Paranthropology Vol. 4 No. 2 (April 2013) - Now Available to Downlad

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'The Para-Anthropology of UFO 
Abductions: The Case for the UTH' - Steven Mizrach

'Review/Commentary: Rupert 
Sheldrake’s "Science Set Free"' - 
John R. DeLorez

'Scientific Controversies 
Shaping the Worldview of the 21st Century: Sheldrake's 
Theory of Non-local Memory Revisited' - Mark A. Schroll

'An Idea Whose Time Has Come:
Morphic Resonance and the Birthing of a New Paradigm' - Zelda Hall


Science Betrayed?: Rupert 
Sheldrake and The Science Delusion' - Margaret Gouin

'Critical Analysis of Culturally 
Intrusive Interpretations of Phenomenological and 
Parapsychological Scientific Studies' - Kaitlyn Kane

'Rehabilitating The Neglected "Similar": Confronting The Issue Of Cross-Cultural Similarities In The Study Of Religions' - Gregory Shushan

'The Kardecian Spiritualist Movement in Argentina' - Juan Corbetta & Fabiana Savall

REVIEW: 'The Voice of Rolling Thunder: A Medicine Man's 
Wisdom for Walking the Red Road' - Mark A. Schroll