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 obviously attends to occasions past the area 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 by way of tracing that heritage during the final centuries of Western idea we will see its strength centrality to the severe research of religion.
Kripal grounds his research within the paintings of 4 significant figures within the background of paranormal learn: psychical researcher Frederic Myers; author and slapstick 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 international 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 struggle psychic espionage; galactic colonialism; and the intimate courting among cognizance 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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