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Witchcraft, Science and the Skeptical Inquirer: Conversations with the late Prof. Peter Bodunrin

Albert Mosley


This paper reviews the connection claimed to exist between magic, witchcraft, and parapsychology. Special attention is given to issues raised by the late Prof. Peter Bodunrin of Nigeria, including the demand that knowledge gained by psychic means be grounded in beliefs justified by good reasons and convincing experimental evidence. In contrast, I argue for a more inclusive view of both knowledge and the scientific enterprise that recognizes the importance of non-experimental evidence and the influence of social trends on the choice of research orientations.
AJOL African Journals Online