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Teenage mumbo-jumbo?

August 19th, 2009 · 1 Comment

I think my high school offered one basic course in psychology, which I did not take. Surely it dealt in stripped-down basics – the classification of emotions, some de-sexualized Freudian theory, and maybe a little Jung thrown in for the artsy kids. I’d like to think, if I’d had the opportunity to take a class like this, my life’s trajectory would have been radically different.  Pet psychics are always in demand.

 

From yesterday’s Guardian:

From next month, potentially thousands of teenagers at schools and colleges throughout the UK will start lessons that deal with telepathy, psychokinesis, psychic healing, near-death experiences and talking to the dead. Surely the minds of the nation’s youth will be corrupted by all this mumbo-jumbo?

(Posted by Lisa Hirschfield)

Tags: 'pataphysics · Belief Systems · Education · Forteana · Hoaxes · Mad Science · Mysteries · The Ineffable

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  • 1 Angela // Aug 22, 2009 at 7:39 am

    Kudos to Prof. French for teaching a class that “hones critical thinking” and “challenges intellectual snobishnesss.” I can’t imagine that analysis of paranormal events will convert naysayers or drive pet-psychics out of business and this pleases me. I may not be a believer, but I really enjoy the characters with the cajones to have alternative beliefs.

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