Authors of the impossible : the paranormal and the sacred by Fort, Charles; Fort, Charles Hoy; Méheust, Bertrand; Myers,

By Fort, Charles; Fort, Charles Hoy; Méheust, Bertrand; Myers, Frederic William Henry; Myers, Frederic William Henry; Vallee, Jacques; Vallée, Jacques; Méheust, Bertrand; Kripal, Jeffrey John; Vallee, Jacques; Myers, Frederic William Henry; Fort, Charles

Most students brush aside study 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 heritage of psychical phenomena, Jeffrey J. Kripal contends, is an untapped resource of perception into the sacred and by way of tracing that historical past throughout the final centuries of Western proposal we will be able to see its capability centrality to the severe research of religion.

Kripal grounds his research within the paintings of 4 significant figures within the heritage of paranormal examine: psychical researcher Frederic Myers; author and stand-up comedian Charles castle; astronomer, laptop 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 background of telepathy, teleportation, and UFOs; a ghostly love tale; the occult dimensions of technology fiction; chilly struggle psychic espionage; galactic colonialism; and the intimate courting among recognition and tradition all come jointly in Authors of the Impossible, a stunning and profound examine how the magical bridges the sacred and the scientific.

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The book is dedicated to T. David Brent, the editor of all six of my Chicago monographs (the sixth still coming to be). I do not underestimate, and I cannot overestimate, what David and the press’s support have meant to me over the years, both those of the past and those spread out into the future (for publishing books is very much about the future). I mean every word of the dedication, and then some. Michael Murphy and the Esalen Institute’s Center for Theory and Research have generously supported an annual symposia series that I conceived and subsequently direct on the paranormal and popular culture in Big Sur each May.

Vallee private collection, hanging over the Vallee-Hynek parapsychological library. Used with permission. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data: Kripal, Jeffrey John, 1962– Authors of the impossible : the paranormal and the sacred / Jeffrey J. Kripal. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN-13: 978-0-226-45386-6 (cloth: alk. paper) ISBN-10: 0-226-45386-3 (cloth : alk. paper) 1. Parapsychology—History. 2. Religion—Psychic aspects. 3. Myers, Frederic William Henry, 1843–1901.

I have chosen this story carefully. It is neither abstract nor distant to me. I know the central visionary well and can vouch for his complete integrity and honesty. I have absolutely no doubt that this event happened to this individual as described below. What it, and countless other stories like it, mean is quite another matter. Which is why I wrote this book. I will suggest no adequate explanation for this impossible possibility. The simple truth is that I do not have one. Nor, I suspect, do you, or anyone else for that matter, other than, of course, the professional debunker, whose ideological denials boil down to the claim that such things never happened or, if they did, that they are just “anecdotes” unworthy of our serious attention and careful thought.

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