By Jeffrey J. Kripal
Publish 12 months note: First released might fifteenth 2010
Most students push aside study into the magical 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 heritage during the final centuries of Western concept we will see its power centrality to the serious research of religion.
Kripal grounds his examine within the paintings of 4 significant figures within the background of paranormal study:
• 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 international someplace among truth, fiction, and fraud. The cultural background 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 realization and tradition all come jointly in Authors of the very unlikely, a stunning and profound examine how the mystical bridges the sacred and the medical
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Extra resources for Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred
Somewhere in that interview he was commenting on the near-perfect match between some of my drawings and the target. His statement was something like, "Joe provides this kind of spectacular detail about twenty percent of the time. " This statement was made along with other statements that reflected a target hit rate of about sixty to sixty-five percent. But in this statement, he was specifically referring to near perfect drawings, something that rarely happens in remote viewing. Unfortunately, when it was edited, it was taken completely out of context.
Unknown targets are filled with problems. As an example, a totally unknown target, like a UFO sighting, makes a very poor target. Even if you have a perfect description of the area in which the sighting has taken place, you are still left without any information that can validate specifics about the actual target—the UFOs. In my experience, the chances of stating UFO material obtained through remote viewing is correct are very close to zero. Likewise, the existence of a totally unknown target is almost never checked out on the ground.
People do this in a lot of different ways. " Well, I'm talking about the same kind of thing. For instance, the way a person shifts in a chair might tell us when we are getting close to a correct answer. How people fold their arms during a conversation or what they do with their hands transfer information as well. Even where and how a person moves his eyes while answering a question can tell us whether we are right or wrong, or if they are inventing a response to throw us off the track, or if they simply don't know.
Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred by Jeffrey J. Kripal