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Sci-Fi, Superheroes, & the Paranormal

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Sci-Fi, Superheroes, & the Paranormal

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Date: Sunday - October 23, 2011
Host: George Knapp
Guests: Jeffrey Kripal

Chair of Religious Studies at Rice University, Jeffrey Kripal, talked about how various sci-fi writers and comic book creators have intertwined myth, religion, and the paranormal into their works, sometimes inspired by their own mystical or paranormal experiences. For instance Allan Moore, the creator of Watchmen, had a "magical conversion" after his encounter with a multi-dimensional demon in 1994, and comic book writer Grant Morrison (known for X-Men) had a mystical encounter in Nepal with "5th-dimensional mercury-like silver beings that showed him all sorts of things," Kripal detailed. We're in the midst of a "boiling cultural soup" with increasing paranormal themes which add up to a super-story or grand mythology that human beings are "essentially mini-gods in disguise," who are developing greater abilities and capacities, he explained.

One reason we're seeing these paranormal themes play out so strongly in film and pop-culture is because they aren't considered seriously in universities, and the science world, he said. Science doesn't have a handle on the mind and consciousness, and "that's ultimately what the paranormal is about," he continued.

He looked at the creation of various superheroes, such as Superman (one of the first, his name was likely derived from Nietzsche's term √úbermensch), and Spider-Man, whom he noted bears a similarity to certain descriptions of aliens. In fact, Barney Hill described Spider-Man type eyes for the alien that abducted him, said Kripal, adding that "we're in a situation where something real has happened and we're getting bleed-through from the popular culture." One of the first descriptions of what we consider aliens was in Etidorpha, a novel published in 1895, that contained bizarre illustrations of a being with an immense forehead and no eyes. It's speculated that the book's author John Lloyd was experimenting with hallucinogenic or visionary plant substances which triggered his imagination.

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Knapp's News 10/23/11

Knapp's News 10/23/11

Check out some of the items highlighted by George Knapp, including his I-Team report on the 'Roadrunners' reunion, former workers at Area 51 who gathered at the Little A'Le'Inn in Nevada:

I-Team: The Final Meeting of the Roadrunners
Bigfoot Research: Demonizing Long Term Witnesses
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