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Dr. Jeffrey J. Kripal | The Super Natural, Religious Experience, & A Hermeneutics Of The Imagination

Topics Covered: Connecting The Dots, Consciousness, Dreams, High Strangeness, Paranormal

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About Today’s Guest:Jeffrey J. Kripal holds the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University, where he served as the Associate Dean of the School of Humanities (2019-2023), chaired the Department of Religion for eight years, and also helped create the GEM Program, a doctoral concentration in the study of Gnosticism, Esotericism, and Mysticism that is the largest program of its kind in the world. He presently helps direct the Center for Theory and Research at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, where he served as Chair of Board from 2015 to 2020.

Jeff is the author or co-author of thirteen books, nine of which are with The University of Chicago Press. He has also served as the Editor in Chief of the Macmillan Handbook Series on Religion (ten volumes, 2015-2016). He specializes in the study of extreme religious states and the re-visioning of a New Comparativism, particularly as both involve putting “the impossible” back on the academic table again. He is presently working on a three-volume study of paranormal currents in the history of religions and the sciences for The University of Chicago Press, collectively entitled The Super Story.

Dr. Kripal’s Website: jeffreyjkripal.com

Dr. Kripal’s Books: jeffreyjkripal.com/body-of-work

The Archives of the Impossible: impossiblearchives.rice.edu

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