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Authors of the impossible : the paranormal and the sacred

Author: Jeffrey J Kripal
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : University of Chicago Press ; Bristol : University Presses Marketing [distributor], 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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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: F W H Myers; Charles Fort; Charles Fort; F W H Myers
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey J Kripal
ISBN: 9780226453873 0226453871 9780226453866 0226453863
OCLC Number: 751738634
Notes: Originally published: 2010.
Description: 1 volume : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: An impossible opening: the magical politics of Bobby Kennedy --
Introduction: off the page : Definitions and broken lineages ; Restoring a lineage ; Authors of the impossible: the paranormal as meaning ; The fantastic narrative of western occulture: the paranormal as story --
The book as séance: Frederic Myers and the London Society for Psychical Research : After life ; Myers and the founding of the S.P.R ; 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 --
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 --
The future technology of folklore: Jacques Vallee and the UFO phenomenon : Forbidden science (1957-69) ; Passport to Magonia: from folklore to flying saucers ; The invisible college ; The present technology of folklore: computer technology and remote viewing in the psychic underground ; The alien contact trilogy and the mature multiverse gnosis ; Sub rosa: the three secrets ; The hermeneutics of light: the cave become window --
Returning the human sciences to consciousness: Bertrand Méheust and the sociology of the impossible : A double premise ; Méheust and the master ; Science fiction and flying saucers ; The challenge of the magnetic and the shock of the psychical ; "If only one of these facts . . .": the impossible case of Alexis Didier ; The collective mind: Bateson, De Martino, Vallee, and Jung ; Agent X: projection theory turned back on itself --
Conclusion: back on the page : The eclipse of the sacred and psyche in modern oblivion ; Consciousness, culture, and cognition: the fantastic structure of the mind-brain ; From realization to authorization: toward a hermeneutics of the impossible --
Impossible [dis]closings : two youthful encounters.
Responsibility: Jeffrey J. Kripal.


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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