By Jeffrey J. Kripal
Publish yr note: First released may possibly fifteenth 2010
Most students brush off learn into the mystical as pseudoscience, a frivolous pursuit for the paranoid or gullible. Even historians of faith, whose paintings obviously attends to occasions past the world of empirical technology, 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 way of tracing that historical past during the final centuries of Western concept we will be able to see its strength centrality to the severe examine of religion.
Kripal grounds his research within the paintings of 4 significant figures within the background of paranormal learn:
• psychical researcher Frederic Myers;
• author and stand-up comedian Charles Fort;
• astronomer, computing device 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 global 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 battle psychic espionage; galactic colonialism; and the intimate dating among realization and tradition all come jointly in Authors of the very unlikely, a blinding and profound examine how the mystical bridges the sacred and the medical
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In this way these savage peoples have actually preserved for us what we are seeking today. Cave drawings in Kohistan, France, North America and Southern Rhodesia, in the Sahara and Peru, as well as Chile, all contribute to our theory. ) walls painted with many thousands of pictures of animals and men, including figures in short elegant coats. They carry sticks and undefinable chests on the sticks. Next to the animal paintings we are astonished by a being in a kind of diver's suit. The great god Mars—so Lhote christened him—was originally over 18 ft high; but the 'savage' who bequeathed the drawing to us can scarcely have been as primitive as we should like him to be, if everything is to fit neatly into the old pattern of thought.
An optical illusion! To our present way of thinking what he saw was one of those special vehicles the Americans use in the desert and swampy terrain. Ezekiel observed that the wheels rose from the ground simultaneously with the winged creatures. He was quite right. Naturally the wheels of a multipurpose vehicle, say an amphibious helicopter, do not stay on the ground when it takes off. ' The narrator heard this voice and hid his face in the ground in fear and trembling. The strange apparitions addressed Ezekiel as 'son of man' and wanted to talk to him.
We read in astonishment that he lay like lead on Enkidu's body and that the weight of his body seemed to him like the weight of a boulder. Page 42 Even if we grant the old story-tellers a fertile imagination and discount the additions made by translators and copyists, the incredible thing about the account still remains: how on earth could the old chroniclers have known that the weight of the body becomes as heavy as lead at a certain acceleration? Nowadays we know all about the forces of gravity and acceleration.
Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred by Jeffrey J. Kripal