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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 clearly 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 via tracing that heritage during the final centuries of Western suggestion we will see its power centrality to the serious research of religion.

Kripal grounds his examine within the paintings of 4 significant figures within the background of paranormal learn: psychical researcher Frederic Myers; author and slapstick comedian Charles fortress; astronomer, machine 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 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 stunning and profound examine how the magical bridges the sacred and the scientific.

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In November of that year, the feeling that death was all around her became stronger. Around the middle of the month, the feeling was so overwhelming she telephoned her husband, who was then on a hunting trip, and informed him of her death fears. She discussed her apprehensions with a neighbor, but nothing helped allay her uneasiness. On December 17, Mrs. L. had still another dream, again about imminent death. In this dream she knew that her husband would die and that she could not save him, no matter what she did.

Everyman never succeeded, nor did the wealthy Persian merchant who ran away to Samara only to find Death there waiting for him. In these examples Death was waiting for the man himself, and it was not a question of getting past him into his kingdom to see the departed one. But it shows how all-knowing the personified Death of primitive and ancient man was. The West African form of contact with the dead, which the people of Haiti still practice to this day, is speaking through the water; again it is a question of either avoiding the voodoo gods or bribing them.

Had still another dream, again about imminent death. In this dream she knew that her husband would die and that she could not save him, no matter what she did. Two days later, Mrs. L. and her husband were indeed in an automobile accident. He was killed, and Mrs. L. nearly died. According to the attending physician, Dr. , she should have been a dead woman, considering her injuries. But during the stay in the hospital, when she had been given up and was visited by her sister, she spoke freely about a place she was seeing and the dead relatives she was in contact with at the time.

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