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The Persecution of Witches, 21st-Century Style

Far from fading away, thanks to digital interconnectedness and economic development, witch hunting has become a growing, global problem.

The 10 Best Self-Help Books You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of

While too esoteric to gain mass appeal, these books are a treasure of serviceable advice

Reagan And The Occult

Ronald Reagan had an interest in lucky numbers and newspaper horoscopes. Less known is that a certain scholar of occult philosophy had a lifelong influence on the 40th president of the United States.

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How Oral Roberts Changed Religion

The preacher realized we were supposed to be happy.

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The Man Who Destroyed Skepticism

Scourge of psychics James Randi was no skeptic; our culture is poorer as a result

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Crusader for Christianity, capitalism and 'The Power of Positive Thinking'

For decades, social critics have viewed the author of the 1950s mega-seller “The Power of Positive Thinking” as a sloganeer of happy thoughts, simplistic theology and covert bigotry.

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Paint It Black

What is the ‘Lefthand Path’?

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Ronald Reagan and the occultist

The amazing story of the thinker behind his sunny optimism

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Why the controversial book “Power of Positive Thinking” is still so popular after 70 years

After 70 years, "The Power of Positive Thinking" remains incredibly popular, even though its critics find the book to be mostly fluff.

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The Occult & Fascism: A Brief Comment

There exists a strain of thought today, some of it in academia and political commentary, that historically links occult and New Age movements to fascism and rightwing extremism.

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When Does A Religion Become A Cult?

America has long been a safe harbor for experimental faiths. But the unorthodox can descend into something darker.

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How Thomas Jefferson's Secret Bible Might Have Changed History

Gone are the virgin birth, divine healings, exorcisms and the resurrection of the dead, all of which the chief executive dismissed as “superstitions, fanaticisms and fabrications.”

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Is Precognition Real?

Skeptics Eviscerated a Cornell Psychologist Whose Published Evidence Said Yes. A Decade Later, His Data Has Stood Up.

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The upstate occult: An interview with writer Mitch Horowitz

The historian discusses upstate New York’s influential role in the development of alternative American spiritual traditions

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The Enduring Legacy of Parapsychologist J.B. Rhine

Skeptics deem Rhine's famous ESP trials a bust. The record says otherwise.

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