By Jeffrey J. Kripal
Most students brush off study into the mystical as pseudoscience, a frivolous pursuit for the paranoid or gullible. Even historians of faith, whose paintings evidently attends to occasions past the area of empirical technological know-how, have proven scant curiosity within the topic. however the historical past of psychical phenomena, Jeffrey J. Kripal contends, is an untapped resource of perception into the sacred and by way of tracing that historical past in the course of the final centuries of Western concept we will see its capability centrality to the severe research of religion.
Kripal grounds his learn within the paintings of 4 significant figures within the historical past of paranormal learn: psychical researcher Frederic Myers; author and slapstick comedian Charles citadel; astronomer, computing device 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 courting among awareness 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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Pseudoscience and notable Claims of the mystical: A severe Thinker's Toolkit presents readers with numerous "reality-checking" instruments to research striking claims and to figure out their validity.
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• Introduces suggestions comparable to a continuum for rating paranormal claims and comparing their implications
• contains an cutting edge "Critical Thinker's Toolkit," a scientific technique for acting truth exams on paranormal claims on the topic of astrology, psychics, spiritualism, parapsychology, dream telepathy, mind-over-matter, prayer, lifestyles after demise, creationism, and more
• Explores the 5 substitute hypotheses to contemplate whilst confronting a magical claim
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It was not a wall in my bedroom. Yet somehow it was famihar. Identification came instantly. It wasn't a wall, it was the ceiling. I was floating against the ceiling, bouncing gently with any movement I made. I rolled in the air, startled, and looked down. There, in the dim light below me, was the bed. There were two figures lying in the bed. To the right was my wife. Beside her was someone else. Both seemed asleep. This was a strange dream, I thought. I was curious. Whom would I dream to be in bed with my wife?
On one occasion, at I dis- seemed least, it to develop into a ring of sparks about two feet in diameter, with the axis of my body in the center of the ring. I could would if I closed my eyes. The head and slowly sweep down to my toes and back to the head, keeping this up in a regular oscillation. The time of the cycle seemed to be some five seconds. As the ring ring actually see this ring start at the passed over each section of my body, tions like a band cutting through that passed over my I could section.
In the obscure history of mankind, The word matter. "astral" has dim it is an entirely different origins in early mystical and occult events which involve witchcraft, sorcery, incantations, and other seeming foolishness which modern man looks upon as silly and superstitious nonsense. As no attempt was made to delve deeply into this area, I still don't know what the word "astral" means. " The person who travels around in his astral body can make short visits to these talk places, with "dead" people, participate in activities and come none the worse for wear.