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 push aside examine into the magical as pseudoscience, a frivolous pursuit for the paranoid or gullible. Even historians of faith, whose paintings certainly 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 throughout the final centuries of Western notion we will be able to see its capability centrality to the serious research of religion.
Kripal grounds his examine within the paintings of 4 significant figures within the background of paranormal examine: psychical researcher Frederic Myers; author and slapstick comedian Charles citadel; astronomer, laptop 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 global someplace among truth, fiction, and fraud. The cultural background of telepathy, teleportation, and UFOs; a ghostly love tale; the occult dimensions of technology fiction; chilly battle 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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As the patient began to talk, the analyst felt a sharp stabbing pain in her lower left ribcage. The patient then proceeded to tell her about how her father had stabbed her when she was a young girl, in the lower left ribcage. And such paranormal moments continue down to the present day. In 2007, the impossible story of a prominent American analyst by the name of Elizabeth Lloyd Mayer was published (Mayer had died the year before). After her daughter’s rare harp was stolen in the Bay Area in 1991 and she had exhausted all the normal police channels, Mayer, in desperation, took a friend’s advice and called a dowser or psychic seer in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Second, I hope it goes without saying that I offer my hermeneutical model of the paranormal only as a contribution to the larger project of studying such phenomena, certainly not as any final or complete solution to these anomalous events. I am as baffled as anyone by this material, and I offer no rational or religious certainties here, only intuitive hunches and possible directions. The simple truth is that we simply don’t know what is going on here. I would go further. With our present rules of engagement, that is, with our present reigning materialist methodologies, faith commitments, objectivist scientisms, and absolute cultural relativisms, we cannot know.
I adopt the notion of a fantastic narrative from the Bulgarian literary critic Tzvetan Todorov. My specific employment of the category of occulture draws its inspiration from the work of the American historian of British occultism Alex Owen, the British historian of contemporary alternative religion Christopher Partridge, and the American literary critic and writer Victoria Nelson. The theoretical background of such an experiment goes like this. Occultism, from the Latin occultus for “hidden” or “secret,” is a broad umbrella term that scholars use to discuss a wide variety of ideas, beliefs, and practices—everything from alchemical speculations, astrology, and tarot reading, to crystal gazing, magical practices, and various psychical and spiritualist phenomena.
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