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 study into the magical as pseudoscience, a frivolous pursuit for the paranoid or gullible. Even historians of faith, whose paintings clearly attends to occasions past the world of empirical technological know-how, have proven scant curiosity within the topic. however the background of psychical phenomena, Jeffrey J. Kripal contends, is an untapped resource of perception into the sacred and via tracing that heritage in the course of the final centuries of Western concept we will be able to 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 stand-up comedian Charles castle; 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 heritage of telepathy, teleportation, and UFOs; a ghostly love tale; the occult dimensions of technology fiction; chilly battle psychic espionage; galactic colonialism; and the intimate dating among awareness and tradition all come jointly in Authors of the Impossible, a stunning and profound examine how the mystical bridges the sacred and the scientific.
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If, however, paranormal phenomena are meaning events that work and look a great deal like texts, then it follows that texts can also work and look a great deal like paranormal phenomena. Writing and reading, that is, can replicate and realize paranormal processes, just as paranormal processes can replicate and realize textual processes. ” It is also what I am trying to effect with this text. So look out. Two more warnings before we begin. First, do not misread me here. I do not “believe” all the tales I will tell you in the pages that follow, however convinced I may sound in this or that passage.
Julian of Norwich, a Catholic, perceived “great drops of blood” running down from a crown of thorns. Milarepa, a Tibetan Buddhist, visualized his guru surrounded by multifold Buddhas on lotus seats of wisdom. Phil adhered to no single faith. ” above all. ” were rolled up into one. 64 Which is all to say that Phil Dick wrote out of that fundamental hesitation, that both-and, that real-unreal place that is the surest mark of the fantastic. Here is how he put it: “My God, my life—which is to say my 2-74/3-74 experience—is exactly like the plot of any one of ten of my novels or stories.
My goal in the pages that follow is not to demean or deride the sciences (quite the contrary, I will end with them), nor to arrive at some false sense Off the Page 25 of rational or religious certainty—I possess neither—but to expand the imaginative possibilities of contemporary theory through a certain authorization of the Impossible. I am not asking us to know more. I am asking us to imagine more. This ability to imagine more is precisely what defines an “author of the impossible” for me. I intend this key title-expression in at least three senses.
Authors of the impossible : the paranormal and the sacred 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