By Jeffrey J. Kripal
Most students brush aside examine into the magical as pseudoscience, a frivolous pursuit for the paranoid or gullible. Even historians of faith, whose paintings certainly attends to occasions past the world of empirical technology, have proven scant curiosity within the topic. however the historical past of psychical phenomena, Jeffrey J. Kripal contends, is an untapped resource of perception into the sacred and via tracing that heritage during the final centuries of Western inspiration we will be able to see its capability centrality to the serious learn of religion.
Kripal grounds his examine within the paintings of 4 significant figures within the heritage of paranormal learn: psychical researcher Frederic Myers; author and slapstick comedian Charles fortress; astronomer, computing device scientist, and ufologist Jacques Vallee; and thinker and sociologist Bertrand Méheust. via incisive analyses of those thinkers, Kripal ushers the reader right into a beguiling global someplace among truth, fiction, and fraud. The cultural heritage of telepathy, teleportation, and UFOs; a ghostly love tale; the occult dimensions of technology fiction; chilly battle psychic espionage; galactic colonialism; and the intimate dating among cognizance and tradition all come jointly in Authors of the Impossible, a stunning and profound examine how the mystical bridges the sacred and the scientific.
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Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred by Jeffrey J. Kripal