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Humanities 2018, 7(2), 46; https://doi.org/10.3390/h7020046

Secrets of the Extraordinary Ordinary: The Revelations of Folklore and Anthropology

School of History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, The Open University, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA, UK
Received: 16 November 2017 / Revised: 26 April 2018 / Accepted: 7 May 2018 / Published: 11 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Challenge of Folklore to the Humanities)
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The basic principle of folklore is constant—unveiling the hidden riches within the ordinary things of everyday life: a fine contribution to, and coordination with, the humanities. Examples are the study of the oral/orality; life stories of the obscure; practices of ‘hidden’ amateur musicians, studied ethnographically rather than through written scores or the ‘great’ composers; research by scholars outside the formal institutions of higher learning. An important new topic now being embarked on, in a scattered way, by folklorists and anthropologists, is the area known by such terms as ‘noetics’, ‘psychic studies’, ‘heightened/altered consciousness’, ‘the shared mind’, and the like. With a long history (too often disregarded in conventional scholarship) in antiquity, the middle ages, and eastern philosophies, this concerns such topics as dreaming; contact with and from the dead; experiencing music; and new, popularly but not academically acclaimed, perspectives on consciousness within innovative scientific thinking. Taking such studies further and, in particular, as folklorists and anthropologist have the capacity and interest to do, consolidating them into a new and fully recognized field of study together with linking this with endeavors across the disciplines, scientific as well as humanistic, will be of the greatest benefit for the humanities as a whole. View Full-Text
Keywords: humanities; folklore; anthropology; dreaming; music; consciousness; mind; telepathy; noetics; psychic humanities; folklore; anthropology; dreaming; music; consciousness; mind; telepathy; noetics; psychic
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