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Philosophy of Science and the Occult


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Preface to the Revised Edition General Introduction SECTION I. ASTROLOGY Introduction Objections to Astrology: A Statement by 186 Leading Scientists The Strange Case of Astrology Paul Feyerabend On Dismissing Astrology and Other Irrationalities Edward W. James Spheres of Influence Michel Gauquelin Astrology: A Critical Review I. W. Kelly, G. A. Dean, and D. H. Saklofske Suggested Readings SECTION II. SCIENCE OR PSEUDOSCIENCE?: THE PROBLEM OF DEMARCATION Introduction Winning through Pseudoscience Clark Glymour and Douglas Stalker Science: Conjectures and Refutations Karl R. Popper Demarcating Genuine Science from Pseudoscience Daniel Rothbart Logic of Discovery or Psychology of Research? Thomas S. Kuhn The Popperian versus the Kuhnian Research Programme Imre Lakatos Kuhn, Popper, and the Normative Problem of Demarcation Robert Feleppa The Conservatism of "Pseudoscience" Roger Cooter Popper, Kuhn, Lakatos: A Crisis of Modern Intellect Robert F. Baum Suggested Readings SECTION III. PARAPSYCHOLOGY Introduction Parapsychology: An Empirical Science Ruth Reinsel Coincidence and Explanation Galen K. Pletcher Pararpsychology: Science or Pseudoscience? Antony Flew Philosophical Difficulties with Paranormal Knowledge Claims Jane Duran Precognition and the Paradoxes of Causality Bob Brier and Maithili Schmidt-Raghavan Second Report on a Case of Experimenter Fraud J. B. Rhine Suggested Readings SECTION IV: QUANTUM MYSTICISM Introduction Conflicting Notes from Einstein and Bohr The Unity of All Things Fritjof Capra Einstein Doesn't Like It Gary Zukav The Yogi and the Quantum Robert P. Crease and Charles C. Mann Quantum Mysteries for Anyone N. David Mermin Mind, Matter, and Quantum Mechanics Marshall Spector Suggested Readings SECTION V. OTHER APPROACHES TO THE OCCULT Introductin Notes on Mysticism and Nitrous Oxide William James Tacit Assumptions Edward Conze Scientific and Other Values Patrick Grim Suggested Readings Index

About the Author

Patrick Grim is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has coedited eleven volumes of The Philosopher's Annual and has published a number of articles on logic and contemporary metaphysics, philosophy of religion, and ethics.

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