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Häftad (Paperback / softback)
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Engelska
Antal sidor
352
Utgivningsdatum
2011-12-02
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University of Chicago Press
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1 colour plate, 4 halftones
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234 x 158 x 19 mm
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471 g
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1
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9780226453873
Authors of the Impossible (häftad)

Authors of the Impossible

The Paranormal and the Sacred

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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 through the last two centuries of Western thought we can see its potential centrality to the critical study of religion. The cultural history of telepathy, teleportation, and UFOs; a ghostly love story; the occult dimensions of science fiction; Cold War psychic espionage; galactic colonialism; and, the intimate relationship between consciousness and culture all come together in "Authors of the Impossible", a dazzling and profound look at how the paranormal bridges the sacred and the scientific.
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"This is another in a series of outstanding and almost certainly controversial contributions to the academic study of religion by Kripal.... Kripal has one of the most distinctive, interesting voices in the humanities today and has promise to revitalize and extend the reach of religious studies." (Choice) "Kripal 'leans toward' the paranormal - he does not dismiss it as the fruit of deluded minds. He thinks there is some external reality being talked about, something real out there. In this regard, he is like the four mystics he writes about in Authors of the Impossible." (New York Times)"

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Jeffrey J. Kripal is the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University. He is the author of several books, including Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion and The Serpent's Gift: Gnostic Reflections on the Study of Religion, both published by the University of Chicago Press.