Paranormal Nation Why America Needs Ghosts UFOs and Bigfoot

Author: Marc E. Fitch
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313382077
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This thought-provoking study of paranormal phenomena traces the impact of supernatural beliefs on popular culture and, conversely, examines the influence of new communication technologies on research being conducted in the field.

Erz hlen ber Katastrophen

Author: Bernd Rieken
Publisher: Waxmann Verlag
ISBN: 3830984898
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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'Erzählen über Katastrophen' - zu diesem Thema tagte die Kommission für Erzählforschung in der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Volkskunde im Herbst 2014. Gemäß der interdisziplinären Ausrichtung der Kommission vereint der Band Beiträge aus der Europäischen Ethnologie, der Deutschen Philologie und der Psychotherapiewissenschaft. Allen Aufsätzen ist gemein, dass sie das Erzählen als ein menschliches Grundbedürfnis in den Vordergrund rücken, das der Erklärung, Sinnfindung und Orientierung in der Welt genauso wie der persönlichen Entlastung dient. Im Fall einer Katastrophe ist dieses von besonderer Bedeutung, denn durch das Erzählen werden belastende Erlebnisse in Sachzusammenhänge eingeordnet und verlieren somit den Stachel der Bedrohlichkeit. Es hat sich gezeigt, dass eine intensive Auseinandersetzung mit traumatischen Geschehen dringend notwendig ist. Mit Beiträgen von Helga Bleckwenn, Christiane Eichenberg, Brigitte Frizzoni, Susanne Hose, Jessica H. Huss, Anna Jank, Hannelore Jeske, Akemi Kaneshiro-Hauptmann, Alfred Kube, Florian Maria König, Alfred Messerli, Christina Niem, Kathrin Pöge-Alder, Bernd Rieken, Ingo Schneider, Christine Shojaei Kawan, Michael Simon, Simone Stiefbold, Christina Wiedersich.

Talking Through Death

Author: Christine S. Davis
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0429014783
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Talking Through Death examines communication at the end-of-life from several different communication perspectives: interpersonal (patient, provider, family), mediated, and cultural. By studying interpersonal and family communication, cultural media, funeral related rituals, religious and cultural practices, medical settings, and legal issues surrounding advance directives, readers gain insight into the ways symbolic communication constructs the experience of death and dying, and the way meaning is infused into the process of death and dying. The book looks at the communication-related health and social issues facing people and their loved ones as they transition through the end of life experience. It reports on research recently conducted by the authors and others to create a conversational, narrative text that helps students, patients, and medical providers understand the symbolism and construction of meaning inherent in end-of-life communication.

Monsters and Borders in the Early Modern Imagination

Author: Jana Byars
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0429878850
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This edited collection explores the axis where monstrosity and borderlands meet to reflect the tensions, apprehensions, and excitement over the radical changes of the early modern era. The book investigates the monstrous as it acts in liminal spaces in the Renaissance and the era of Enlightenment. Zones of interaction include chronological change – from the early New World encounters through the seventeenth century – and cultural and scientific changes, in the margins between national boundaries, and also cultural and intellectual boundaries.

Haunted Roads of Western Pennsylvania

Author: Thomas White
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1625855982
Format: PDF
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The twisty roads—and twisted tales—of the Appalachian Mountains make for distracted driving in western Pennsylvania. Ghostly travelers are said to wander the lonely roads of western Pennsylvania. A creeping fog rises from Blue Mist Road, and stories of car crashes, lynchings and even strange beasts haunt this isolated stretch outside Pittsburgh. Is it the angry spirit of a jealous husband or a gypsy king who stalks Erie County’s Axe Murder Hollow? Shades of Death Road in Washington County may be host to phantom coal miners killed during a deadly labor dispute. With firsthand accounts and historical research, authors Thomas White and Tony Lavorgne travel the backcountry roads and byways of western Pennsylvania to discover their ghost tales and mysterious legends. Includes photos! “The authors include a history of each road along with the supernatural legends and other unexplained activity. Surprisingly, they are able to provide possible explanations for most of the alleged hauntings, but admit that they cannot account for every one, which allows the roads in question to keep their allure and spooky possibilities.” —PopCultureGuy

Men Without Qualities

Author: Marc E. Fitch
Publisher: WND Books
ISBN: 9781936488889
Format: PDF
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During the BP oil leak of 2010 while the "experts" were frantically working on a solution to stop the flow, thousands of people were offered solutions. One suggestion came from a plumber named Joe Caldart, but since he wasn't a scientist with a PhD, his plan was dismissed outright. Only when a professor of engineering at Berkeley and former Shell executive recognized the validity of his idea and passed it on to BP, did they listen. Six weeks later a strikingly similar design was lowered onto the Macondo well, and the eighty-seven-day crisis ended. In this age of technology, experts, studies, and the media, more young people than ever are attending college and more degrees are being conferred every year, but with all the degrees conferred and the numbers in academia soaring, it is prudent to examine not only what is being taught and how, but also its effect on society and the culture. We are constantly bombarded with studies and so-called expert opinions that are contradictory, controversial, and ineffective. Explanations of current events are accepted at face value by the common man of today because they are informed by "experts in the field." In Shmexperts: How Ideology and Power Politics are Disguised as Science Marc E. Fitch examines the modern myth of experts in today's twenty-four hour media cycle and explains why viewers, readers, and average Joe's should do their own research too. In understanding the underlying philosophy and motivation of these experts and the media that promote them, we will gain greater insight and critical thinking skills by which to determine whether or not an expert as cited in the media is a true expert or an agenda-driven shmexpert. In this brilliantly insightful book Fitch warns of the frightening prospect of a society led into intellectual complacency by relying on mass-media manipulation and the bureaucratization of knowledge. Shmexperts explores the philosophy inherent in the media's reliance on and use of experts and its negative influence on society as a whole. In this truly enlightening book, "average" Americans will learn to trust themselves over the so-called "experts" that have infiltrated the media.

Encyclopedia of American folklore

Author: Linda S. Watts
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780739484425
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Encyclopedia of American Folklore helps readers explore the topics, terms, themes, figures, and issues related to the folklore of the United States.

Der Tag an dem das UFO vom Himmel fiel

Author: David Halperin
Publisher: Goldmann Verlag
ISBN: 3641100453
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Nur unsere Träume können uns retten Der junge Danny Shapiro hat es nicht leicht: Sein Vater behandelt ihn wie einen Fremden, seine Mutter zieht sich in ihre Krankheit zurück, und sein Zuhause vermittelt ihm das Gefühl, eingesperrt zu sein. Doch dann kommt die Nacht des 20.12.1969: Ein UFO fällt vom Himmel – und für Danny ist nichts mehr so, wie es war. Aber hat er das UFO wirklich gesehen? Danny begibt sich auf eine abenteuerliche Reise und trifft dabei nicht nur auf Außerirdische, sondern auch auf ein wunderschönes Mädchen. Dabei vermischen sich Realität und Fantasie so sehr, dass er selbst nicht mehr weiß, in welcher Welt er eigentlich lebt. Aber mehr und mehr begreift er: Er muss erst den Umweg durch seine Fantasiewelt nehmen, um sich dem realen Leben stellen zu können und vielleicht auch ein kleines Stück vom Glück für sich zu erobern ...