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 aside learn into the magical as pseudoscience, a frivolous pursuit for the paranoid or gullible. Even historians of faith, whose paintings certainly 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 through tracing that historical past in the course of the final centuries of Western proposal we will see its strength centrality to the severe examine of religion.
Kripal grounds his examine within the paintings of 4 significant figures within the background of paranormal examine: psychical researcher Frederic Myers; author and stand-up comedian Charles fortress; astronomer, desktop 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 background of telepathy, teleportation, and UFOs; a ghostly love tale; the occult dimensions of technological know-how fiction; chilly battle psychic espionage; galactic colonialism; and the intimate courting among cognizance 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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We could trace their pathways through numerous Nobel scientists, with physicists showing a particular fondness for the subject. We could then chart a similar lineage through major modern artists, including painters like Piet Mondrian and Wassily Kandinsky. The latter’s The Spiritual in Art, for example, is clearly indebted to the “Thought Forms” of Theosophy and the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner. And this is before we even get to modern literature, with authors like Edgar Allan Poe, Margaret Fuller, Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Victor Hugo, Jules Verne, Mark Twain, Arthur Conan Doyle, Lewis Carroll, W.
It can, after all, be read in two very different ways. Inside the box, that is, from within Adam’s own experience, there was something clearly and unmistakably uncanny about it. Outside the box of those personal experiences, however, an observer could just as easily read the story as a series of striking coincidences, and nothing more. One is left, then, with a profound hesitation—a fundamental uncertainty or question mark. But what if this sense of coincidence is precisely what is inside the box, and it is Adam’s uncanny sense of things that is operating “outside the box,” as we say?
Vallee private collection, hanging over the Vallee-Hynek parapsychological library. Used with permission. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data: Kripal, Jeffrey John, 1962– Authors of the impossible : the paranormal and the sacred / Jeffrey J. Kripal. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN-13: 978-0-226-45386-6 (cloth: alk. paper) ISBN-10: 0-226-45386-3 (cloth : alk. paper) 1. Parapsychology—History. 2. Religion—Psychic aspects. 3. Myers, Frederic William Henry, 1843–1901.