Hypnosis Between Science and Magic

Hypnosis Between Science and Magic

Now, in the first English translation of this classic text, Hypnosis Between Magic and Science provides an entry point to the work of Stengers, who has so originally and forcefully shifted how we think about the history of ideas.

Author: Isabelle Stengers

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: 1350026948

Category: Science

Page: 208

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Hypnosis Between Magic and Science provides a brilliant entry point to the work of Isabelle Stengers', the acclaimed philosopher of science who has so originally and forcefully shifted how we think about the history of ideas. The book focuses in on an area of her thought that has recurred throughout her career; the presumed antagonism between magic and science, especially the evacuation of magic from all that is thought to be scientifically valid. What, asks Stengers, if judgment returned to the craft of magic? How would that relieve the burdens of critique and realign its priorities? These questions regarding value of magic to thinking are at the very heart of Stengers' political and philosophical thought and her insistence that 'the smoke of the burned witches still hangs in our nostrils'.
Categories: Science

The Distorting Mirror

The Distorting Mirror

conmasculine dimension of modern magic helps to construct a discourse of trol to tame this strangeness. Science and Magic, Spectacularity ... An interesting example that illustrates the interaction between science and magic is hypnosis.

Author: Laikwan Pang

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824864675

Category: History

Page: 320

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The Distorting Mirror analyzes the multiple and complex ways in which urban Chinese subjects saw themselves interacting with the new visual culture that emerged during the turbulent period between the 1880s and the 1930s. The media and visual forms examined include lithography, photography, advertising, film, and theatrical performances. Urbanites actively engaged with and enjoyed this visual culture, which was largely driven by the subjective desire for the empty promises of modernity—promises comprised of such abstract and fleeting concepts as new, exciting, and fashionable. Detailing and analyzing the trajectories of development of various visual representations, Laikwan Pang emphasizes their interactions. In doing so, she demonstrates that visual modernity was not only a combination of independent cultural phenomena, but also a partially coherent sociocultural discourse whose influences were seen in different and collective parts of the culture. The work begins with an overall historical account and theorization of a new lithographic pictorial culture developing at the end of the nineteenth century and an examination of modernity’s obsession with the investigation of the real. Subsequent chapters treat the fascination with the image of the female body in the new visual culture; entertainment venues in which this culture unfolded and was performed; how urbanites came to terms with and interacted with the new reality; and the production and reception of images, the dynamics between these two being a theme explored throughout the book. Modernity, as the author shows, can be seen as spectacle. At the same time, she demonstrates that, although the excessiveness of this spectacle captivated the modern subject, it did not completely overwhelm or immobilize those who engaged with it. After all, she argues, they participated in and performed with this ephemeral visual culture in an attempt to come to terms with their own new, modern self.
Categories: History

Prophetic Culture

Prophetic Culture

ALSO AVAILABLE FROM BLOOMSBURY Technic and Magic: The Reconstruction of Reality, Federico Campagna The Withholding Power: An Essay on Political Theology, Massimo Cacciari Hypnosis between Science and Magic, Isabelle Stengers ...

Author: Federico Campagna

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350149656

Category: Philosophy

Page: 280

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Throughout history, different civilisations have given rise to many alternative worlds. Each of them was the enactment of a unique story about the structure of reality, the rhythm of time and the range of what it is possible to think and to do in the course of a life. Cosmological stories, however, are fragile things. As soon as they lose their ring of truth and their significance for living, the worlds that they brought into existence disintegrate. New and alien worlds emerge from their ruins. Federico Campagna explores the twilight of our contemporary notion of reality, and the fading of the cosmological story that belonged to the civilisation of Westernised Modernity. How are we to face the challenge of leaving a fertile cultural legacy to those who will come after the end of our future? How can we help the creation of new worlds out of the ruins of our own?
Categories: Philosophy

The Handbook of Contemporary Clinical Hypnosis

The Handbook of Contemporary Clinical Hypnosis

Many members of the general public attribute almost magical powers to hypnosis, and with expectation of that sort ... A conspiracy theorist might postulate that therapists deliberately ignore the science, because they believe that if ...

Author: Les Brann

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119979920

Category: Psychology

Page: 632

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Covering theory and practice, The Handbook of Contemporary Clinical Hypnosis is an up-to-date, authoritative resource to support health professionals in their use of hypnosis in clinical settings. Provides an authoritative reference for practitioners and trainees on the diverse applications of hypnosis, published under the auspices of the British Society for Clinical and Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH) Combines a theoretical framework with material on a wide range of specific disorders including anxiety, stress phobias, eczema, oncology, eating disorders and infertility Shows how to adjust hypnotic techniques for different contexts e.g. when working with children, in emergencies and via a translator Features a variety of case studies that illustrate hypnosis techniques in action
Categories: Psychology

Wonder Shows

Wonder Shows

Performing Science, Magic, and Religion in America Fred Nadis. to the beautifully drawn panels of the cartoon Mandrake the Magician, in which the dapper magician defeated thugs with his paralyzing hypnotic illusions.

Author: Fred Nadis

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813541211

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 336

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In Wonder Shows, Fred Nadis offers a colorful history of these traveling magicians, inventors, popular science lecturers, and other presenters of “miracle science” who revealed science and technology to the public in awe-inspiring fashion. The book provides an innovative synthesis of the history of performance with a wider study of culture, science, and religion from the antebellum period to the present.
Categories: Games & Activities

Facing Fear

Facing Fear

... puppets) of the public hypnotist, Weimar audience members who attended such performances are perhaps better seen as participants in a complex public ceremony that negotiated the unstable boundary between science and magic.

Author: Michael Laffan

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400845248

Category: History

Page: 288

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Fear is ubiquitous but slippery. It has been defined as a purely biological reality, derided as an excuse for cowardice, attacked as a force for social control, and even denigrated as an unnatural condition that has no place in the disenchanted world of enlightened modernity. In these times of institutionalized insecurity and global terror, Facing Fear sheds light on the meaning, diversity, and dynamism of fear in multiple world-historical contexts, and demonstrates how fear universally binds us to particular presents but also to a broad spectrum of memories, stories, and states in the past. From the eighteenth-century Peruvian highlands and the California borderlands to the urban cityscapes of contemporary Russia and India, this book collectively explores the wide range of causes, experiences, and explanations of this protean emotion. The volume contributes to the thriving literature on the history of emotions and destabilizes narratives that have often understood fear in very specific linguistic, cultural, and geographical settings. Rather, by using a comparative, multidisciplinary framework, the book situates fear in more global terms, breaks new ground in the historical and cultural analysis of emotions, and sets out a new agenda for further research. In addition to the editors, the contributors are Alexander Etkind, Lisbeth Haas, Andreas Killen, David Lederer, Melani McAlister, Ronald Schechter, Marla Stone, Ravi Sundaram, and Charles Walker.
Categories: History



The general response of traditional Chinese thinking to “ strangeness ” is : just read them carefully enough , and you will ... An interesting example to illustrate the complicated intercourse between science and magic is hypnosis .



ISBN: UOM:39015062107472

Category: East Asia


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Categories: East Asia

The Birth to Presence

The Birth to Presence

What it contemplates in this way it calls the magical relationship ” between mother and child . ... This “ magic ” is not an object of science ( whereas hypnosis , for which “ magic ” nevertheless provides the principle , is forced to ...

Author: Jean-Luc Nancy

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804721890

Category: Philosophy

Page: 423

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The epoch of representation is as old as the West. Indeed, representation is the West, understood as what at once designates and expands its own limits. But what comes after the West? What comes after representation's disclosure of its own limit? The central problem posed in these essays, collected from over a decade of work, is how in the wake of Western ontologies to conceive the coming, the birth that characterizes being. We are now at the limit of representation, where objects as we experience them have been show to be merely objects of representation--or rather, of presentation, since there is nothing to (re)present. The first part of this book, "Existence," asks how, today, one can give sense of meaning to existence as such, arguing that existence itself, as it comes nude into the world, must now be our "sense." In examining what this birth to presence might be, we should not ask what presence "is"; rather we should conceive presence as presence to someone, including to presence itself. This birth is not the constitution of an identity, but the endless departure of an identity from, and from within, its other, or others. Its coming is not desire but jouissance, the joy of averring oneself to be continually in the state of being born--a rejoicing of birth, a birth of rejoicing. The second section, "Poetry," asks: What art exposes this? In writing, in the voice, in painting? And what if art is exposed to it? How does it inscribe (or rather, "exscribe," in a term the book develops) the coming existence as such? The author's trajectory in this book crosses those of Hegel, Schlegel, Baudelaire, Nietzsche, Freud, and Heidegger, in their comments on art and politics, existence and corporeality, everyday life and its modes of existence and ecstasy. An analysis that dares this crossing involves all the varied accounts of existence, political as well as philosophical, and all the realms of poverty.
Categories: Philosophy

Recovering the Ancient Magic

Recovering the Ancient Magic

The laws of Science have been established through repeatedly testing given reactions under identical conditions. ... They are: The use of some physical means of insulating human flesh against heat; the use of hypnosis by socalled ...

Author: Max Freedom Long

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 9781447499275

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 304

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This classic book takes an in-depth look at magic, including fire-walking, spiritualism, levitation, mid-reading, instant healing, and changes in physical material. This is also the fist book that mention. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
Categories: Literary Collections

The Voice of the Will is the Atomic Point the Logos of the Silent All

The Voice of the Will is the Atomic Point  the Logos of the Silent All

HYPNOTISM IS THE NEW NAME FOR THE OLD ENCHANTMENT the relief given: a process of endosmosis has taken place, the healer having parted with a portion of ... Excerpt below from Blavatsky Collected Writings, (BLACK MAGIC IN SCIENCE) XII p.

Author: Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

Publisher: Philaletheians UK


Category: Religion

Page: 118

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Part 1. The Voice of the Will is the Atomic Point, the Logos of the Silent All, a veil concealing Itself from the perception of lower minds. Part 2. The mediumistic state of passivity is dangerous, for passivity paralyzes the connection between man’s lower and higher principles. Part 3. Life is identical with Will, and Will is a property of the Kabbalistic Astral Light. Part 4. There is no special organ of will, any more than there is a physical basis for the activities of self-consciousness. Part 5. Insights to the laws governing compulsion and obsession. Part 6. The Yogi performs his wonders by exercising his Will-Power and Thought. Part 7. Free will is a nameless Intelligent Force, guiding and shaping the imprisoned intelligence and force inherent in every atom of matter. Part 8. Hypnotism is the new scientific name for the old “superstition” variously called fascination and enchantment. Part 9. Will is the offspring of the Divine, Desire, the motive power of animal life.
Categories: Religion