How the scientific study of magic reveals intriguing—and often unsettling—insights into the mysteries of the human mind. What do we see when we watch a magician pull a rabbit out of a hat or read a person's mind? We are captivated by an illusion; we applaud the fact that we have been fooled. Why do we enjoy experiencing what seems clearly impossible, or at least beyond our powers of explanation? In Experiencing the Impossible, Gustav Kuhn examines the psychological processes that underpin our experience of magic. Kuhn, a psychologist and a magician, reveals the intriguing—and often unsettling—insights into the human mind that the scientific study of magic provides. Magic, Kuhn explains, creates a cognitive conflict between what we believe to be true (for example, a rabbit could not be in that hat) and what we experience (a rabbit has just come out of that hat!). Drawing on the latest psychological, neurological, and philosophical research, he suggests that misdirection is at the heart of all magic tricks, and he offers a scientific theory of misdirection. He explores, among other topics, our propensity for magical thinking, the malleability of our perceptual experiences, forgetting and misremembering, free will and mind control, and how magic is applied outside entertaiment—the use of illusion in human-computer interaction, politics, warfare, and elsewhere. We may be surprised to learn how little of the world we actually perceive, how little we can trust what we see and remember, and how little we are in charge of our thoughts and actions. Exploring magic, Kuhn illuminates the complex—and almost magical—mechanisms underlying our daily activities.
Experiencing the Power of the God of the Impossible
Author: Lloyd John Ogilvie
Pubpsher: Harvest House Publishers
So often, the greatest needs--in the family, at work, in relationships--go unmet. Why? Because Christians look only to what is possible in their own limited strength. From his longtime pastoral experience, bestselling author Lloyd John Ogilvie points readers to our God, who can meet every need...because He is Lord of the impossible! Showing how the men and women of the Bible experienced God's unlimited power and steadfast help, Ogilvie challenges Christians to consider their own impossible situations-- the difficult person the unachievable goal the insurmountable limitation the irredeemable relationship If they risk trusting God to unleash His miraculous strength in their lives, believers will find their impossibilities are a "prelude to God's amazing possibilities"...for healing, reconciliation, and growth. Formerly titled Lord of the Impossible
The HCSB Experiencing the Word New Testament returns to print with a new cover design amidst the national re-launch of the multi-million selling Experiencing God book and Bible study. This distinct full-text New Testament edition features devotional insights from Dr. Henry Blackaby plus more than one-hundred key Greek word studies done by the editors of the popular new Holman Christian Standard Bible® translation.
The first Christians “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6) shaking the gates of hell even in the face of severe persecution. The result: People all around “were filled with wonder and amazement” (Acts 3:10).What can give Christians today the same impact? God’s Holy Spirit is ready to answer that for us in an awesome way, as Henry Blackaby and his son Mel Blackaby make clear in Experiencing the Spirit. You’ll see how the proof of the Spirit’s presence is our awareness of God’s personal assignments for us, plus our supernatural enablement to carry out those assignments.You’ll find essential clarification on the difference between natural talents and spiritual gifts. You’ll explore the dynamics of being filled with the Spirit through intimate relationship with Him, committed obedience, and radical departure from sin. Instead of considering what you can do for God with your abilities and talents, you’ll be encouraged here to seek what God wants to do through you supernaturally by His Spirit, empowering you beyond your personal competence and capacities. Release the Holy Spirit’s work at the very core of your experience of the Christian life – as He releases you to serve God as never before.
From the scientific underground of psychic research comes a stunning report on the evidence for life after death. But all the proof in the world is nothing when compared to actual experience with the place beyond. This book takes the reader to the next level -- and offers a more personal kind of journey. If there is a "next world," it must be nearby, and the path leads through the gateways of our own minds. Philosopher Michael Grosso shows us how to open these passages -- or at least peek through a keyhole -- and glimpse what may lie beyond. This is the guidebook for an adventure that nobody can refuse.
The purpose of this volume is to explore theory, problem formulation, and methodology in "experiencing the environment. " In this embryonic field, the writings of a number of individuals already stand out as representative of dis tinctive viewpoints. In order to facilitate further development of the field, a conference! was proposed to gather in one place representatives of a number of major viewpoints with regard to the embryonic field of "environmental psychology. " It was hoped that a colloquy among such representatives would facilitate a clarification of the similarities and differences between the various perspectives, and might enable proponents of any given point of view to benefit from the insights of others with different orientations. Hopefully, it might also promote a greater articulation for this emerging field of inquiry. With these ends in mind, the sponsors of the conference asked the various prospective participants to present their theoretical positions and representative research illustrative of those positions. Some of the perspectives represented at the conference emphasized the point that the construal of phenomena depends heavily on the values and needs of perceivers. Implicit in this kind of position is the thesis that anyone who seeks to describe a complex happening is likely to shape it in terms of presup positions, biases, etc. , that may not be shared by others.
The Dramatization of Experience in the Modern World
Author: John Jervis
Pubpsher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Category: Literary Criticism
Under what conditions does 'sensation' become 'sensational'? In the early nineteenth century murder was a staple of the sensationalizing popular press and gruesome descriptions were deployed to make a direct impact on the sensations of the reader. By the end of the century, public concern with the thrills, spills, and shocks of modern life was increasingly articulated in the language of sensation. Media sensationalism contributed to this process and magnified its impact, just as sensation was, in turn, taken up by literature, art and film. In the contemporary world the dramatization of these experiences in an era of media panics over terrorism and paedophilia has taken an overtly melodramatic form, in which battles of good and evil play out across the landscapes of our lives. Sensational Subjects develops an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to exploring these themes, their impact and their implications for understanding the modern world. A companion volume, Sympathetic Sentiments: Affect, Emotion and Spectacle in the Modern World is published simultaneously by Bloomsbury.
After more than 15 years of work by an international, multi-denominational team of faithful, conservative scholars, the New Testament premieres in this inspiring edition of the Holman Christian Standard Bible* . Includes Henry Blackaby's devotional notes, a colorful layout of each page, thorough footnoting, and more.
This book is for two different kind of people-One that is a believer (has a relationship with Christ already) and still doesnt know how to receive the Full Manifestation of all that Jesus and His Word promised. (You already have it and just dont know it) The second person is a person that wants the Full Manifestation, but hasnt accepted Christ-and in some cases, its because of religion, that is defi ned as man efforts, performing, earning, trying to get to God, with traditions, doctrines of men, rules, regulations, and legalism = Law! If you really want it! (both) will see the root problem of why the Full Manifestation of GODs power is not working and you will also know how to receive it, as you make one switch from doing things TO get Christs love, blessing, miracles, power, etc,- just receive it as you do the same right things BECAUSE of what Christ has done already for us all on the cross = Grace!