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

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Second Anniversary Anthology Now Available as an E-Book

The Paranthropology Second Anniversary Anthology is now available as an e-book for just £3.99. Featuring contributions from Robert Van de Castle, Jack Hunter, Lee Wilson, Mark A. Schroll, Charles D. Laughlin, Fiona Bowie, James McClenon, Fabian Graham, Serena Roney-Dougal, David E. Young and Michael Winkelman: 

Monday, 21 January 2013

Why People Believe in Spirits, Gods and Magic: An Introduction to the Anthropology of the Supernatural

I am pleased to announce the publication of my new e-book, 'Why People Believe in Spirits, Gods and Magic,' which is now available to purchase for Kindle from amazon. It is basically a beginner's introduction to the anthropology of the supernatural:

"This ebook attempts to explore the question of why and how people come to believe in spirits, gods and magic from a social anthropological perspective. Covering topics such as Shamanism & Spirit Possession, Witchcraft & Magic, Ghosts, Spirits, Gods & Demons, Ethnography & the Paranormal and Anthropology & Parapsychology, this ebook provides an overview of supernatural traditions and practices around the world. The author also explores anthropological interpretations of supernatural and spiritual experiences, including the the paranormal experiences of anthropologists themselves, while engaged in fieldwork."

Featuring a Foreword by Dr. Fiona Bowie and an Afterword by Dr. David Luke.

"Jack Hunter presents a thorough and well-integrated overview of social and behavioral scientific theories of the supernatural, and illuminates the significance of methodologies for studying such phenomena. Legitimating the "possibilian" study of the "paranormal" continues the anthropological project of escaping from the ethnocentrism of discounting nondominant views and experiences." - Prof. Charles F. Emmons (author of "Chinese Ghosts and ESP," "Guided by Spirit," and "Science and Spirit.")

I hope some of you find it interesting: 

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Paranthropology Vol. 4 No. 1(a) - Now Available to Download

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'"Life is Not About Chasing the Wind": Investigating the Connection Between Bodily Experience, Beliefs and Transcendence Amongst Christian Surfers' - Emma Ford

'Epistemological, Methodological and Ethical Aspects of Conducting Interviews About Anomalous Experiences' - Leonardo Breno Martins

'A Visit to Point Pleasant: Home of the Mothman' - Simon J. Sherwood

'Steve Abrams: Psychedelic Trickster' - David Luke

'Turning to the Affective in Direct Experiences: An Interdisciplinary, Investigative Quest' - Christopher Laursen

'Fireflies and Shooting Stars: Visual Narratives of Daimonic Intelligence' - Angela Voss

'A Study of Several Reported Cases of Crisis Apparitions During the American Civil War' - Simon Alexander Hardison

'Herbal Lore in Central and Eastern European Shamanic Traditions' - Henry Dosedla

'Out of the Body and Into the Lab: Defining Dr. Alex Tanous' Abilities' - Callum E. Cooper

'Recognition for Paranthropology and ARC' - Fiona Bowie