Authors of the impossible : the paranormal and the sacred by Fort, Charles; Fort, Charles Hoy; Méheust, Bertrand; Myers,

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 mystical as pseudoscience, a frivolous pursuit for the paranoid or gullible. Even historians of faith, whose paintings clearly attends to occasions past the area of empirical technology, 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 by means of tracing that heritage during the final centuries of Western concept we will see its power centrality to the serious examine of religion.

Kripal grounds his learn within the paintings of 4 significant figures within the background of paranormal learn: psychical researcher Frederic Myers; author and slapstick comedian Charles fortress; 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 technology fiction; chilly conflict psychic espionage; galactic colonialism; and the intimate courting among cognizance 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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Paper) ISBN-10: 0-226-45386-3 (cloth : alk. paper) 1. Parapsychology—History. 2. Religion—Psychic aspects. 3. Myers, Frederic William Henry, 1843–1901. 4. Society for Psychical Research (Great Britain) 5. Fort, Charles, 1874–1932. I. Title. 48-1992 (Permanence of Paper). AUTHORS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE The Paranormal and the Sacred JEFFREY J. KRIPAL THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS CHICAGO AND LONDON for David for taking many chances on an aspiring author of the impossible who has tried his best not to become an impossible author Read a book, or look at a picture.

The term, however, was clearly connected to the earlier American and British Spiritualist movements and so quickly took on more religious connotations as well, often of a highly heterodox nature. In order to counter such unwanted connotations (and the fraud that often accompanied their theatrical display), the terminology of psi was introduced by British psychologist Robert Thouless in 1942 as a neutral scientific term designed to replace the more loaded terms of the psychical, the paranormal, and the occult.

2 The situation is much more dramatic for our second author of the impossible, Charles Fort, whom only a few radical folklorists appear to have read; or our third and fourth, Jacques Vallee and Bertrand Méheust, whom almost no one in the field has heard of, much less read. I hadn’t anyway. My conclusion was a simple one: Myers, Fort, Vallee, and Méheust are not part of the scholarly canon that has come to define what is possible to be reasonably thought and comparatively imagined in the professional study of religion.

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