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    Radical physics: science, Socialism, and the paranormal at Birkbeck College in the 1970s

    Bourke, Joanna (2019) Radical physics: science, Socialism, and the paranormal at Birkbeck College in the 1970s. Journal of the British Academy 7 , ISSN 2052–7217.

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    The 1970s saw a resurgence of interest in the paranormal. In the mass media, as well as in academic and popular conferences across the world, metal-bending, telepathy, clairvoyance, and remote viewing were avidly debated. In Britain, attention to the paranormal was sparked by visits of Uri Geller. Scientists, and physicists in particular, sought to explain the phenomena. This article explores the social life of paranormal science in Birkbeck College in the 1970s and its links to radical critiques of scientific norms and practices. It traces the scientific and political thinking of physicists as different as John Hasted and David Bohm. Para-physics provided a small group of scientists with a way to reflect on the three crises of politics emerging out of capitalism, the Cold War, and Stalinism.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Paranormal, paraphysics, physics, Birkbeck College, metal-bending, Uri Geller, David Bohm, John Hasted, quantum mechanics, Communist Party of Great Britain
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: Joanna Bourke
    Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2019 13:08
    Last Modified: 17 Jun 2021 20:42


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