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

By Jeffrey J. Kripal

Publish yr note: First released may possibly fifteenth 2010
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Most students brush aside learn 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 technological know-how, have proven scant curiosity within the topic. however the background of psychical phenomena, Jeffrey J. Kripal contends, is an untapped resource of perception into the sacred and via tracing that heritage throughout the final centuries of Western notion we will see its strength centrality to the serious learn of religion.

Kripal grounds his examine within the paintings of 4 significant figures within the background of paranormal examine:
• psychical researcher Frederic Myers;
• author and stand-up 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 heritage of telepathy, teleportation, and UFOs; a ghostly love tale; the occult dimensions of technological know-how fiction; chilly conflict psychic espionage; galactic colonialism; and the intimate dating among cognizance and tradition all come jointly in Authors of the very unlikely, a stunning and profound examine how the mystical bridges the sacred and the clinical

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He started his show with an ESP game where somebody from the audience would write the name of a color on a blackboard behind him, and Geller, facing away from the blackboard, would tell the audience to send him the color so he could try to discern—through mass telepathy—what it was. ” Yellow was written on the blackboard and presumably everybody in the audience was sending him yellow. But I decided to send red. I made a tremendous mental effort, closing my eyes, envisioning the color red, spelling out the word red in big mental letters.

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Carl Jung incorporated the concept of telepathic dreams into psychotherapy, using the term “crisis telepathy” to refer to instances in which a dream contains “anomalous” information about a loved one whose death is imminent, or someone who has suffered an accident, assault, or other lifethreatening situation. 30 The First Way to Become Psychic: Mind Reading However, anecdotal reports of telepathy in dreams are unreliable from the scientific point of view because it is nearly impossible to rule out coincidence, dishonesty, self-delusion, or logical or sensory clues of which the dreamer was unaware.

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