Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Twin Cities Skeptics - Mesmeric Trance State - August 3rd

The Twin Cities Skeptics are hosting an interesting talk on Monday August 3rd. This month's speaker is Dr. David T. Schmit from the Psychology Department at St. Catherine University in St. Paul.

Here is a snippet:
Given that I am talking to the skeptics, I would like to describe some of the ways that the mesmeric trance state was employed in emerging 19th century discourse addressing the nature and legitimacy of religious experience. I would like to tell the story of La Roy Sunderland, a key figure in American mesmerism, who began his career as a Methodist revival preacher, became an itinerant mesmerist, and eventually a freethinking atheist.
Go ahead and email your RSVP for this event to Jerry at: gmertens@stcloudstate.edu and check out Minneapolis Skeptics Meet-Up Group for more details.

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