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Author: Jeffrey J Kripal
Publisher: Chicago, IL : University of Chicago Press, 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  Read more...
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Kripal, Jeffrey J.
Authors of the Impossible : The Paranormal and the Sacred.
Chicago, IL : University of Chicago Press, ©2011
Named Person: Charles Fort; F W H Myers; Charles Fort; F W H Myers
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey J Kripal
ISBN: 9780226453897 0226453898 9786613362636 6613362638 1283362635 9781283362634 9780226453866 0226453863
OCLC Number: 772845688
Description: 1 online resource (348 pages)
Contents: Acknowledgments; An Impossible Opening: The Magical Politics of Bobby Kennedy; Introduction: Off the Page; 1. The Book as Seance: Frederic Myers and the London Society for Psychical Research; 2. Scattering the Seeds of a Super-Story: Charles Fort and the Fantastic Narrative of Western Culture; 3. The Future Technology of Folklore: Jacques Vallee and the UFO Phenomenon; 4. Returning the Human Sciences to Consciousness: Bertrand Meheust and the Sociology of the Impossible; Conclusion: Back on the Page; Impossible (Dis)Closings: Two Youthful Encounters. Required Reading (That is Never Read): A Select Annotated BibliographySome More Damned Anecnotes; Index.

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Looks at how the paranormal bridges the sacred and the scientific. This title deals with: the cultural history of telepathy, teleportation, and UFOs; a ghostly love story; the occult dimensions of  Read more...

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