By Jeffrey J. Kripal
Publish yr note: First released could fifteenth 2010
Most students brush aside learn into the magical as pseudoscience, a frivolous pursuit for the paranoid or gullible. Even historians of faith, whose paintings obviously attends to occasions past the world of empirical technological know-how, 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 historical past during the final centuries of Western suggestion we will be able to see its power centrality to the severe examine of religion.
Kripal grounds his examine within the paintings of 4 significant figures within the background of paranormal study:
• psychical researcher Frederic Myers;
• author and slapstick comedian Charles Fort;
• astronomer, machine 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 background of telepathy, teleportation, and UFOs; a ghostly love tale; the occult dimensions of technological know-how fiction; chilly battle psychic espionage; galactic colonialism; and the intimate dating among awareness and tradition all come jointly in Authors of the most unlikely, a blinding and profound examine how the mystical bridges the sacred and the medical
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Mrs. J. , a resident of Canada, was expecting her fourth child in October 1956. “Something went wrong, and when I had a contraction I went unconscious. My doctor was called, and I remember him telling me he couldn’t give any anesthetic as he might have to operate. Then I passed out, but I could still hear him talking and myself talking back to him. Then I couldn’t hear him any longer, and I found myself on the banks of a river with green grass and white buildings on the other side. I knew if I could get across I’d never be tired again, but there was no bridge and the water was very rough.
D. CHAPTER ONE The Nature of Life and Death WHAT IS MAN? WHY IS MAN? HOW IS MAN? To fully understand the existence of ghosts, one needs to come to grips with the nature of life—and death. Ghosts, apparitions, messages from beyond, and psychic experiences involving a loved one or friend who has passed away all presuppose that the receiver or observer accept the reality of another dimension into which we all pass at one time or another. A die-hard (if you pardon the pun) committed to pure material reality, even atheism, will not be comfortable with the subject of this book.
30 The Latest Adventures of the Late Clifton Webb 31 The Haunted Rocking Chair at Ash Lawn 32 A Visit with Carole Lombard’s Ghost 33 Mrs. Surratt’s Ghost at Fort McNair CHAPTER SIX This House Is Haunted 34 The Bank Street Ghost 35 The Whistling Ghost 36 The Metuchen Ghost 37 A Greenwich Village Ghost 38 The Hauntings at Seven Oaks 39 The Central Park West Ghost 40 The Ghosts at St. Mark’s 41 The Clinton Court Ghosts 42 Hungry Lucy 43 The House Ghost of Bergenville 44 The Riverside Ghost 45 Ocean-Born Mary 46 The Ghosts of Stamford Hill 47 The “Spy House” Ghosts of New Jersey 48 The Strange Case of the Colonial Soldier 49 The House on Plant Avenue 50 The Whaley House Ghosts 51 The Ghost at the Altar 52 A Ghost’s Last Refuge 53 The Octagon Ghosts 54 The Octagon Revisited 55 The Integration Ghost 56 The Ardmore Boulevard Ghosts 57 The Ghost Who Refused to Leave 58 The Haunted Motorcycle Workshop 59 Encountering the Ghostly Monks 60 The Somerset Scent (Pennsylvania) 61 The House of Evil (New York) 62 The Specter in the Hallway (Long Island) 63 The Bayberry Perfume Ghost (Philadelphia) 64 The Headless Grandfather (Georgia) 65 The Old Merchant’s House Ghost (New York City) 66 The House on Fifth Street (New Jersey) 67 Morgan Hall (Long Island) 68 The Guardian of the Adobe (California) 69 The Mynah Bird (Canada) 70 The Terror on the Farm (Connecticut) 71 A California Ghost Story 72 The Ghostly Usher of Minneapolis 73 The Ghostly Adventures of a North Carolina Family 74 Reba’s Ghost 75 Henny from Brooklyn 76 Longleat’s Ghosts 77 The Ghosts at Blanchard 78 The Ghosts of Edinburgh 79 The Ghostly Monk of Monkton 80 Scottish Country Ghosts 81 The Ghost on the Kerry Coast 82 Haunted Kilkea Castle, Kildare 83 The Ghosts at Skryne Castle 84 Ghost Hunting in County Mayo 85 The Ghost at La Tour Malakoff, Paris 86 Haunted Wolfsegg Fortress, Bavaria 87 A Haunted Former Hospital in Zurich 88 The Lady from Long Island 89 The Ghost of the Olympia Theatre 90 The Haunted Rectory 91 The Haunted Seminary 92 The Ghostly Sailor of Alameda 93 The Ghost Clock 94 The Ghost of Gay Street 95 The Ship Chandler’s Ghost 96 The Ghost-Servant Problem at Ringwood Manor 97 The Phantom Admiral 98 The Ghosts in the Basement 99 Miss Boyd of Charles Street, Manhattan 100 The Haunted Ranch at Newbury Park, California 101 The Narrowsburgh Ghost 102 The Ghost in the Pink Bedroom 103 The Poughkeepsie Rectory Ghost 104 The Ghost at West Point 105 The Stenton House, Cincinnati 106 The Ghost at El Centro 107 The Ghostly Stagecoach Inn 108 Mrs.