By Jeffrey J. Kripal
Publish yr note: First released may well fifteenth 2010
Most students push aside examine into the mystical as pseudoscience, a frivolous pursuit for the paranoid or gullible. Even historians of faith, whose paintings evidently attends to occasions past the world of empirical technological know-how, have proven scant curiosity within the topic. however the heritage of psychical phenomena, Jeffrey J. Kripal contends, is an untapped resource of perception into the sacred and through tracing that historical past during the final centuries of Western proposal we will be able to see its power centrality to the severe learn of religion.
Kripal grounds his research within the paintings of 4 significant figures within the heritage of paranormal learn:
• psychical researcher Frederic Myers;
• author and slapstick comedian Charles Fort;
• astronomer, laptop scientist, and ufologist Jacques Vallee; and
• thinker and sociologist Bertrand Méheust.
Through incisive analyses of those thinkers, Kripal ushers the reader right into a beguiling global someplace among truth, fiction, and fraud. The cultural background of telepathy, teleportation, and UFOs; a ghostly love tale; the occult dimensions of technological know-how fiction; chilly battle psychic espionage; galactic colonialism; and the intimate dating among recognition and tradition all come jointly in Authors of the very unlikely, a blinding and profound examine how the mystical bridges the sacred and the medical
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Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred by Jeffrey J. Kripal