The Super Natural

The Super Natural

A New Vision of the Unexplained

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Two leading authors on the alien abduction and the religious anomalous experience present an intellectual analysis of why paranormal phenomena are a real, however fantastical, part of the natural world that can be authenticated through key changes in perspective. --Publisher's description.
"Two of today's maverick authors on anomalous experience present a perception-altering and intellectually thrilling analysis of why the paranormal is real. Whitley Strieber (Communion) and Jeffrey J. Kripal (J. Newton Rayzor professor of religion at Rice University) team up on this unprecedented and vibrant new framing of inexplicable events and experiences. Rather than merely document the anomalous, these authors--one the man who popularized the concept of alien abduction and the other a renowned scholar and 'renegade advocate for including the paranormal in religious studies' (The New York Times)--deliver a fast-paced and exhilarating study of why the supernatural is neither fantasy nor fiction but a vital and authentic aspect of life. Their suggestion? That all kinds of 'impossible' things, from extra-dimensional beings to bilocation to bumps in the night, are not impossible at all: rather, they are part of our natural world. But this natural world is immeasurably more weird, more wonderful, and probably more populated than we have so far imagined with our current categories and cultures, which are what really make these things seem 'impossible.' The Super Natural considers that the natural world is actually a 'super natural world'--and all we have to do to see this is to change the lenses through which we are looking at it and the languages through which we are presently limiting it. In short: The extraordinary exists if we know how to look at and think about it."--Dust jacket flaps.
Publisher: New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher-Penguin, an imprint of Penguin Random House, [2016]
ISBN: 9781101982327
Branch Call Number: 130 S9176s 2016
Characteristics: 365 pages ; 24 cm


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Jul 28, 2016

I was hoping this was a serious exploration of the latest psychological and/or scientific research into 'the supernatural'. I was incorrect.


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