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 off examine 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 world 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 means of tracing that background throughout the final centuries of Western notion we will be able to see its capability centrality to the severe learn 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 slapstick comedian Charles castle; 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 conflict psychic espionage; galactic colonialism; and the intimate dating among attention and tradition all come jointly in Authors of the Impossible, a blinding and profound examine how the magical bridges the sacred and the scientific.
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The Subliminal Gothic: The Human as Two The Supernormal and Evolution: The World as Two Telepathy: The Communications Technology of the Spirit The Perfect Insect of the Imaginal The Telepathic and the Erotic: Myers’s Platonic Speech 2. SCATTERING THE SEEDS OF A SUPER-STORY: Charles Fort and the Fantastic Narrative of Western Occulture The Parable of the Peaches: Fort’s Mischievous Monistic Life Collecting and Classifying the Data of the Damned: Fort’s Comparative Method The Three Eras or Dominants: Fort’s Philosophy of History The Philosophy of the Hyphen: Fort’s Dialectical Monism Galactic Colonialism: Fort’s Science Mysticism and Dark Mythology Evolution, Wild Talents, and the Poltergeist Girls: Fort’s Magical Anthropology 3.
Paper) ISBN-10: 0-226-45386-3 (cloth : alk. paper) 1. Parapsychology—History. 2. Religion—Psychic aspects. 3. Myers, Frederic William Henry, 1843–1901. 4. Society for Psychical Research (Great Britain) 5. Fort, Charles, 1874–1932. I. Title. 48-1992 (Permanence of Paper). AUTHORS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE The Paranormal and the Sacred JEFFREY J. KRIPAL THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS CHICAGO AND LONDON for David for taking many chances on an aspiring author of the impossible who has tried his best not to become an impossible author Read a book, or look at a picture.
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Authors of the impossible : the paranormal and the sacred 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