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Measuring the Sacred

Research Notes on the Use of Science by Adherents of New Spiritualities in Poland

Dorota Hall

The essay presents exemplary cases for the use of scientific accessories, such as a specialist vocabulary and sophisticated technical tools, in Polish holistic milieus. It analyses editorials published in the esoteric monthly Nieznany Świat, and refers to materials gathered during ethnographic fieldwork among vendors and customers of alternative medicine fairs and esoteric shops in Warsaw, as well as visitors to the Węsiory village, considered to be one of Earth's 'power places'. The work goes on the claim that references to science, and especially to various measurements, besides their legitimating function, appeal to sensitivity related to traditional folk religiosity. Therefore, the Nieznany Świat magazine might be considered a continuer of the folk tradition.

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Mobility and Infrastructure in the Russian Arctic

Das Sein bestimmt das Bewusstsein?

Nikolai Vakhtin

Irkutsk, went to the shore with his radioactivity measuring device to see how bad the situation was and whether it was possible to spend the night there at all. He came back a couple of hours later, totally perplexed. “Nikolai, there is nothing . Just the

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Laurent J.G. van der Maesen

quantifiable monitoring or measuring devices for learning about practical effects of applied policies. Indicators in the context of the SQA have a special meaning, because they are as indispensable as they are highly complicated: “They … have to grasp

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Temperature and Capital

Measuring the Future with Quantified Heat

Scott W. Schwartz

observational device and observable subject (2007: 342–350). As others have elaborated: “The specific material arrangement or setup of the measuring device in conjunction with the object produces the physical parameters of the object measured—the result. If you