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By Jeffrey J. Kripal

ISBN-10: 0226453898

ISBN-13: 9780226453897

Publish 12 months note: First released may possibly fifteenth 2010
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Most students brush aside study 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 area of empirical technological know-how, have proven scant curiosity within the topic. however the historical past of psychical phenomena, Jeffrey J. Kripal contends, is an untapped resource of perception into the sacred and by way of tracing that heritage during the final centuries of Western idea we will be able to see its capability centrality to the serious learn of religion.

Kripal grounds his examine within the paintings of 4 significant figures within the heritage of paranormal examine:
• psychical researcher Frederic Myers;
• author and stand-up comedian Charles Fort;
• astronomer, desktop scientist, and ufologist Jacques Vallee; and
• thinker and sociologist Bertrand Méheust.

Through 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 technological know-how fiction; chilly conflict psychic espionage; galactic colonialism; and the intimate dating among recognition and tradition all come jointly in Authors of the most unlikely, a stunning and profound examine how the mystical bridges the sacred and the clinical

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