By Gilly Pickup
Spooky, grotesque, bizarre yet precise issues approximately one of many world's maximum towns come alive within the A-Z of Curious London. observe London's tiniest residence, a 4,000-year-old mouse made up of Nile clay, and feature a chuckle at issues humans depart on London's shipping (including fake tooth, a human cranium and a park bend - convinced, really). Why did a dentist retain his lifeless spouse on view in a store window? the place did a shopkeeper homicide a hundred and fifty clients? Which Queen confirmed her bosom to an envoy? Why was once a guy arrested for donning a most sensible hat? within the urban right, why is not any thoroughfare referred to as a highway? To sum up, eccentrics, legends, folklore, murders, scandals, ghosts, tremendous characters and oodles of wow issue, it's all right here.
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This is hardly an easy claim to advance within our present order of knowledge and the possibilities it dictates for us. Paranormal phenomena, after all, dramatically violate those firm epistemological boundaries that, since Descartes, have increasingly divided up our university departments (and our social reality) into things pertaining to matter and objective reality (the sciences) and things pertaining to human experience and subjective reality (the humanities). well, whatever that is. Paranormal phenomena, however, bring the subjective component back in, and with a vengeance—the return of the repressed in all its fury.
Paranormal phenomena, however, bring the subjective component back in, and with a vengeance—the return of the repressed in all its fury. Whatever they are, it is clear that such events cannot be understood without reference to consciousness and the material world: Wolfgang is in town and the laboratory instruments fizzle and fry; the physical location of Elizabeth’s harp is pegged by a mind over a thousand miles away; my analyst colleague feels a sharp stabbing physical pain in relationship to an emotional story she has not yet heard; and so on.
This is how they escape the various social, political, and intellectual censors of their own social surround—by being serious by not being serious. Essentially, popular culture “flies low,” well under the radar. It is also worth underlining the fact that Partridge’s central notion of reenchantment requires for both its logic and energy an earlier and equally Off the Page 29 profound disenchantment. Occulture is not a matter of naive belief, much less of orthodox faith. ” Like Owen’s occultism, then, Partridge’s occulture is a very modern phenomenon that has already incorporated the secular and the scientific.