TEDx: Jeff Kripal on the Impossible Becoming Possible

Jeff Kripal is a Professor of Comparative Religion at Rice University. He's also the author of two absolutely fascinating recent books which touch on aspects of the paranormal, Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred and Mutants and Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal. If those sound like topics you'd find interesting, then you'll probably enjoy this TEDx talk that Jeff gave in November 2012 on "impossible things":

There are complexities and wonderment in life we simply cannot explain. When we look to science and religion, we can't always find the answers. Have you ever experienced deja-vu, coincidences, or dreams that may have seemed real? Have you ever wondered what exactly qualifies as human consciousness? Reality vs. Abstract? So have we...join us...in a discussion to explore these and more paradoxical ways of thinking.

I strongly recommend picking up Jeff's books, I found both super interesting and catalysts to deeper thinking on these topics.


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Inannawhimsey's picture
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man, so many spiritualities out there :3


All that lives is holy, life delights in life.

--William Blake

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Kripal isn't telling anyone here anything new, but he has a wonderful bedside manner for breaking the news to conservatives and still fence sitting half skeptics. He is a gentle emissary wearing a coat and tie so he can get his foot in the door.

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good to see him talk to the students.

occasionally i have the pre-cognitive dreams, so i know for a fact by experience that ESP pre-cognitive dreams clearly is true.

I am glad society has taken a more believable stance to ESP in the last few decades, growing up in the sixties and seventies the bulk of people would think bad of anyone claiming to have any ESP.

I can understand Mark Twain hesitating to reveal his precognize dream experience, but understand exactly how he felt.

And perhaps this guy talks will encourage some to think about things. i had one experience, which appeared to be real, and i felt it was real at the time, and yet later started to wonder if it was a dream, I would suggest to anyone, who has a expierence, while the experience is occuring to write it down that way it can be use for you to validate with all certainly it was real that way you dont have doubts.

ciao clemente