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JEFFREY J. KRIPAL: THE FLIP. Epiphanies of Mind and the Future of Knowledge.

Consciousness exploration. Mystical experience. Telepathy. Teleportation. UFOs. The occult dimensions of science fiction. Cold war psychic espionage. Galactic colonialism. The unification of the sciences and the humanities. Controversial perspectives. A quintessential episode of THE Q.PSIENCE PROJECT, right?

On this episode of THE Q.PSIENCE PROJECT, modern presuppositions are called to task through conversation between host JILL HANSON and JEFFREY J. KRIPAL, surrounding his work toward unifying the sciences and the humanities, and mending our collective path in time outwardly characterized by the appearance of deep division and brokenness.

Jeffrey J. Kripal is no ordinary scholar. Yes, he’s a prolific author, having penned at least eight books, including The Flip, Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion and The Serpent’s Gift:Gnostic Reflections on the Study of Religion. Yes, he holds the esteemed title of J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University. And yes, he’s director of the Center for Theory and Research at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. He’s also previously taught at Harvard Divinity School and Westminster College - but these credentials, as distinctive as they are, are not what truly sets Kripal apart from the pack. What distinguishes Kripal from the din, are his open mind and authentic willingness to openly express and explore his own humanity through and in his work. These rare qualities elevate his voice above the crowd, and make his an invaluable and powerful perspective through which we will hasten the shift toward a more evolved, reflective-of-fundamental-reality, paradigm.

Jeffrey J. Kripal approaches the task of reconciling life’s dichotomies with a hungry mind and open heart, deconstructing Scientism and it’s mandatory “either/or” social programming, to adopt a “both/and” perspective - and in so doing, he reframes collective personal cosmology.

Kripal grounds his study in the work of four major figures in the history of paranormal research: psychical researcher Frederic Myers; writer and humorist Charles Fort; astronomer, computer scientist, and ufologist Jacques Vallee; and philosopher and sociologist Bertrand Méheust. Through incisive analyses of these thinkers, Kripal ushers the reader into a beguiling world somewhere between fact, fiction, and fraud. The cultural history of; and the intimate relationship between consciousness and culture all come together in Authors of the Impossible, a dazzling and profound look at .

Also informing this episode, Jeff’s forthcoming book, The Flip: Epiphanies of Mind and the Future of Knowledge (Bellevue Literary Press, March 12, 2019) which is Kripal’s ambitious, visionary program for unifying the sciences and the humanities to expand our minds, open our hearts, and negotiate a peaceful resolution to the culture wars. Combining accounts of rationalists’ spiritual awakenings and consciousness explorations by philosophers, neuroscientists, and mystics within a framework of the history of science and religion, Kripal compellingly signals a path to mending our fractured world.

TUNE IN WEDNESDAY, MAY 8TH at 6pm E | 3pm P for this enlightening discussion: www.KGRAradio.com

ABOUT JEFFREY KRIPAL. Jeffrey J. Kripal is the J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University and is the associate director of the Center for Theory and Research at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. He has previously taught at Harvard Divinity School and Westminster College and is the author of eight books, including The Flip, Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion and The Serpent’s Gift:Gnostic Reflections on the Study of Religion.