By Jeffrey J. Kripal
Publish 12 months note: First released may well fifteenth 2010
Most students brush off learn into the mystical as pseudoscience, a frivolous pursuit for the paranoid or gullible. Even historians of faith, whose paintings clearly attends to occasions past the area 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 historical past during the final centuries of Western suggestion we will be able to see its strength centrality to the severe examine of religion.
Kripal grounds his research 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, machine 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 technology fiction; chilly battle psychic espionage; galactic colonialism; and the intimate courting 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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Extra info for Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred
But I recall what Margaret Mead, the renowned anthropologist, once told me, “Why call this ability ‘extrasensory’ perception? It might be ‘supersensory’ perception. ” I suspect that Mead was on the right track. As a result, I try to avoid the term “extrasensory” whenever possible. Wheeler Hot Springs The contrast between Dr. Krippner’s commentaries and my vignettes reminds me of a visit to Wheeler Hot Springs (now called Matilija Hot Springs), north of Ojai, in Ventura County, California. In a rustic setting, I immersed myself up to my neck in a huge barrel of hot water, and then, when sufficiently steamed, I hopped into a nearby vat of cold water.
7 Clairvoyance may eventually be understood from the point of view of material science, but that wouldn’t undermine its awesome spiritual implications. Dr. Krippner s’ Commentary on Clairvoyance “Clairvoyance” is a word used to describe information reportedly obtained by means other than the currently identified sensory mechanisms. From the French for “clear-seeing,” clairvoyance involves observing something real and current—not just imaginary—in the mind’s 47 Becoming Psychic eye. It’s the power to discern things not present to the senses, and it includes anomalous perception of distant events or shielded objects.
Indeed, the results could even be due to the research participant’s precognition—the advance knowledge of the target. S. Government agencies initiated a program to investigate its possible utility for espionage and information-gathering. S. Government a considerable amount of money, but the agencies concluded that it was not dependable enough to justify further expenditure of funds. Some of the remote viewing results were striking, however; information was obtained by several remote viewers who had been blocked by shielding or hidden structures.