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Imagining the Impossible

Imagining the Impossible
Magical, Scientific, and Religious Thinking in Children

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Carol Nemeroff, Paul Rozin, Eugene Subbotsky, Karl S. Rosengren, Anne K. Hickling, Jacqui Woolley, Pascal Boyer, Sheila Walker, Paul L. Harris, Carl N Johnson, Peggy J. Miller, Julie Hengst, Kristin Alexander, Linda L. Sperry, Marjorie Taylor, Stephanie M. Carlson, Elliot Turiel, Kristin Neff, E. Margaret Evans, Clark A. Chinn, William F Brewer, David E. Schrader
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  • Date Published: May 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521665872

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  • The study of early cognitive development has emphasized the way in which young children act like scientists, testing and revising theories about the physical, biological, and psychological world. Evidence of this early understanding of the natural order has led researchers to reconsider children's thinking about magical, religious, or otherwise supernatural orders. The present volume offers reviews of new lines of research on children's thinking that stretch beyond the ordinary boundaries of reality. More than being "little scientists," children are here considered as "little magicians," "little metaphysicians," "little theologians" and "little story tellers" or "dramatists," imagining other-worldly possibilities.

    • This is the first book to review the development of magical and religious thinking in relation to development of science-like knowledge
    • Interdisiplinary approach, including experts from developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, anthropology and history of science
    • Pertinent to debate about the effect of different models of instruction on the course of cognitive development
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    "The real contribution of the volume is introducing the notion that children's ideas about fantasy, magic, religion, and science are interrelated in important ways." APA Review of Books

    "...this is an important book..." Canadian Child Psychiatry Review

    "This is good science. And it is interesting." Imagination, Cognition and Personality

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    • Date Published: May 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521665872
    • length: 440 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 14 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. The makings of the magical mind: the nature of function of sympathetic magical thinking Carol Nemeroff and Paul Rozin
    2. Phenomenalistic perception and rational understanding in the mind of an individual: a fight for dominance Eugene Subbotsky
    3. Metamorphosis and magic: the development of children's thinking about possible events and plausible mechanisms Karl S. Rosengren and Anne K. Hickling
    4. The development of beliefs about metaphysical causality in imagination, magic and religion Jacqui Woolley
    5. Intuitive ontology and cultural input in the acquisition of religious concepts Pascal Boyer and Sheila Walker
    6. On not falling down to earth: children's metaphysical questions Paul L. Harris
    7. Putting different things together: the development of metaphysical thinking Carl N. Johnson
    8. Versions of personal story telling: versions of experience: genres as tools for creating alternate realities Peggy J. Miller, Julia Hengst, Kristin Alexander and Linda L. Sperry
    9. The influence of culture on fantasy play: the case of Mennonite children Marjorie Taylor and Stephanie M. Carlson
    10. Religion, culture, and beliefs about reality in moral reasoning Elliot Turiel and Kristin Neff
    11. Beyond scopes: why creationism is here to stay E. Margaret Evans
    12. Knowledge change in response to date in science, religion, and magic Clark A. Chinn and William F. Brewer
    13. Theology and physical science: a story of developmental influence at the boundaries David E. Schrader.

  • Editors

    Karl S. Rosengren, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Carl N. Johnson, University of Pittsburgh

    Paul L. Harris, University of Oxford

    Contributors

    Carol Nemeroff, Paul Rozin, Eugene Subbotsky, Karl S. Rosengren, Anne K. Hickling, Jacqui Woolley, Pascal Boyer, Sheila Walker, Paul L. Harris, Carl N Johnson, Peggy J. Miller, Julie Hengst, Kristin Alexander, Linda L. Sperry, Marjorie Taylor, Stephanie M. Carlson, Elliot Turiel, Kristin Neff, E. Margaret Evans, Clark A. Chinn, William F Brewer, David E. Schrader

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