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

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ISBN-10: 0521665876

ISBN-13: 9780521665872

Edition: 2000

Authors: Karl S. Rosengren, Carl N. Johnson, Paul L. Harris

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This text discusses the development of human thinking that goes beyond the ordinary boundaries of reality. Research initiatives have emerged in the 1990s exploring such matters as children's thinking about imaginary beings, magic and the supernatural.
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Book details

List price: $46.99
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/29/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 440
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Paul L. Harris is Victor S. Thomas Professor of Education at Harvard University.

Preface
The makings of the magical mind: the nature of function of sympathetic magical thinking
Phenomenalistic perception and rational understanding in the mind of an individual: a fight for dominance
Metamorphosis and magic: the development of children's thinking about possible events and plausible mechanisms
The development of beliefs about metaphysical causality in imagination, magic and religion
Intuitive ontology and cultural input in the acquisition of religious concepts
On not falling down to earth: children's metaphysical questions
Putting different things together: the development of metaphysical thinking
Versions of personal story telling;versions of experience: genres as tools for creating alternate realities
The influence of culture on fantasy play: the case of Mennonite children
Religion, culture, and beliefs about reality in moral reasoning
Beyond scopes: why creationism is here to stay
Knowledge change in response to date in science, religion, and magic
Theology and physical science: a story of developmental influence at the boundaries