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Seriously Strange : Thinking Anew About Psychical Experiences
Author: Sudhir Kakar, Jeffrey J. Kripal
ISBN: 9780670084654
Binding: Hard Cover
Publishing Year: 2012
Publisher: Penguin
Number of Pages: 310
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Accessibly written essays on a baffling subject by the most eminent scholars in the field. Despite being sullied by frauds and dismissed by sceptics, the paranormal has exerted a strange fascination over humankind for centuries. In Seriously Strange, the second volume in the Boundaries of Consciousness series edited by Sudhir Kakar and Jeffrey D. Kripal, a group of nine intellectuals come together to shed light on some of the most baffling experiences on recordpsychical experiences. Through these illuminating essays, they tell us how such extraordinary events can be decoded and interpreted to become the object of rigorous scientific study. The range is wide: from essays that reveal how Freud and Jung engaged with the notion of the paranormal to a provocative and humorous memoir of a physicist who spent over a decade running a secret psychic spying programme for the US government during the Cold War; from heartfelt accounts by practising psychiatrists who recount the dramatic effects of the anomalous in their healing practice to a learned call for the renewal of professional parapsychology in the light of Patanjalis Yoga-sutras. By telling their own stories and exploring some of the implications of their work, these men and women map the mind-bending geography of the human psyche and the spectrum of experienceslove and death, desire and sex, hurt and healing, myth and magicthat influence it.
About Author
Sudhir Kakar is a distinguished psychoanalyst and novelist. His celebrated books of nonfiction include The Inner World, Shamans, Mystics and Doctors and The Colours of Violence. His most recent novel on warring Mughal princes, The Crimson Throne, was published to critical acclaim. In 2011, Sudhir Kakar was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz, Germanys highest civilian honour. Jeffrey J. Kripal holds the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University, where he is also the Chair of the Department of Religious Studies. He is the author of six books, including Mutants and Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal and Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred.
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