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In: Paul Bowles - The New Generation: Do You Bowles?

Abstract

Previous empirical studies concerned with the association between paranormal beliefs and conventional religiosity have produced conflicting evidence. Drawing on Rice's (2003) distinction between classic paranormal beliefs and religious paranormal beliefs, the present study proposed a modified form of the Tobacyk Revised Paranormal Belief Scale to produce separate scores for these two forms of paranormal belief, styled 'religious paranormal beliefs' and 'classic paranormal beliefs'. Data provided by a sample of 143 undergraduate students in Northern Ireland and Wales, who completed the Francis Scale of Attitude toward Christianity alongside the Tobacyk Revised Paranormal Belief Scale, demonstrated that conventional religiosity is positively correlated with religious paranormal beliefs, but independent of classic paranormal beliefs. These findings provide a clear framework within which previous conflicting evidence can be interpreted. It is recommended that future research should distinguish clearly between these two forms of paranormal beliefs and that the Tobacyk Revised Paranormal Beliefs Scale should be routinely modified to detach the four religious paranormal belief items from the total scale score.

In: Archive for the Psychology of Religion

Abstract

A sample of 311 undergraduate students in Germany completed German translations of the short form Revised Eysenck Personality Questionnaire together with the Francis Scale of Attitude toward Christianity. The data demonstrated that psychoticism is fundamental to individual differences in religiosity, while religiosity is independent of both extraversion and neuroticism. These findings are consistent with those from a series of studies employing the same measure of religiosity among school pupils, students and adults in the UK.

In: Archive for the Psychology of Religion
Angeletics as an Approach to the Phenomenology of Communication - Die Angeletik als Weg zur Phänomenologie der Kommunikation
Wir leben in einer Gesellschaft, die stark durch digitale Botschaften geprägt wird. Im Gegensatz zur Hermeneutik, die sich mit deren Deutung befasst, will die Angeletik das Phänomen von Boten und Botschaften selbst philosophisch erörtern.
Gegenwärtig führt die interaktive digitale Informationstechnik zu einer Verschiebung von Machtstrukturen bezüglich Boten und Botschaftsverbreitung, einem »angeletic turn«.
Die Angeletik bietet einen Reflexionsraum, in dem die Bezüge zwischen Sendern, Nachrichten und Empfängern ergründet werden können.