Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred (Paperback)
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Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 02/12/2011
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Most scholars dismiss research into the paranormal as pseudoscience, a frivolous pursuit for the paranoid or gullible. Even historians of religion, whose work naturally attends to events beyond the realm of empirical science, have shown scant interest in the subject. But the history of psychical phenomena, Jeffrey J. Kripal contends, is an untapped source of insight into the sacred, and by tracing that history through the last two centuries of Western thought we can see its potential centrality to the critical study of religion. The cultural history of telepathy, teleportation, and UFOs; a ghostly love story; the occult dimensions of science fiction; Cold War psychic espionage; galactic colonialism; and, the intimate relationship between consciousness and culture all come together in "Authors of the Impossible", a dazzling and profound look at how the paranormal bridges the sacred and the scientific.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226453873
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 510 g
Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This is another in a series of outstanding and almost certainly controversial contributions to the academic study of religion by Kripal.... Kripal has one of the most distinctive, interesting voices in the humanities today and has promise to revitalize and extend the reach of religious studies." (Choice) "Kripal 'leans toward' the paranormal - he does not dismiss it as the fruit of deluded minds. He thinks there is some external reality being talked about, something real out there. In this regard, he is like the four mystics he writes about in Authors of the Impossible." (New York Times)"

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