Lovecraft, The Psychedelic Experience and the Problem of Religious Language

*Work in Progress* The problem of religious language, that is whether or not we can we talk meaningfully about religious concepts and experiences (specifically, for example, the nature of God or mystical experience), dates back at least as far as the 5th-6h Century Neoplatonic mystic Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite. Pseudo-Dionysius argued in favour of what has come to be […]


Monstrous Pedagogy…

An interesting looking new publication: About the Book: Exploring the pedagogical power of the monstrous, this collection of new essays describes innovative teaching strategies that use our cultural fascination with monsters to enhance learning in high school and college courses. The contributors discuss the implications of inviting fearsome creatures into the classroom, showing how they […]

A Mind Altogether Stranger

Can we be certain that mind/consciousness is just an epiphenomenon of neurophysiological activity, that it is little more than a byproduct of brain function? How do we know that our current models are accurate explanations, even accurate descriptions, of what consciousness is? The computer model of the mind and brain, with consciousness as software, is […]

‘Beware the Slenderman’ Documentary

A few weeks ago I posted an article about Slenderman and the Ontological Argument exploring the possibility of defining entities into existence. I have recently been made aware of a new documentary from HBO that examines the origins and implications of the Slenderman meme, and it looks great. See below:

Religious Education and the Paranormal: Discussing Anomalous Experiences in the RE Classroom

In recent years, scholarly attention in academic religious studies has shifted towards a focus on paranormal topics as an avenue for deepening our understanding of religion more generally. Jeffrey J. Kripal, for instance, has argued in his books Authors of the Impossible (2010) and Mutants and Mystics (2011), that the paranormal is ‘our secret in […]

Towards a Fortean Religious Studies

The following essay is a modified version of the introductory chapter to the book Damned Facts: Fortean Essays on Religion, Folklore and the Paranormal (available now from Amazon US and Amazon UK). *** Over the course of four groundbreaking books published between 1919-1932,1 Charles Hoy Fort (1874-1932) meticulously presented thousands of accounts of anomalous events […]