Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred by Jeffrey J. Kripal

By Jeffrey J. Kripal

Most students brush 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 area 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 by way of tracing that heritage during the final centuries of Western inspiration we will be able to see its strength centrality to the severe examine of religion.

Kripal grounds his examine within the paintings of 4 significant figures within the heritage of paranormal examine: psychical researcher Frederic Myers; author and stand-up comedian Charles fortress; astronomer, machine 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 historical past of telepathy, teleportation, and UFOs; a ghostly love tale; the occult dimensions of technological know-how fiction; chilly warfare psychic espionage; galactic colonialism; and the intimate courting among realization and tradition all come jointly in Authors of the Impossible, a blinding and profound examine how the mystical bridges the sacred and the scientific.

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