Levitation and BilocationwithCarlos Eire

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Carlos Eire, PhD, is the T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale University. He is a historian of late medieval and early modern Europe. He is author of many books including War Against the Idols, From Madrid to Purgatory, A Very Brief History of Eternity, and Reformations: Early Modern Europe 1450-1650. His memoir of the Cuban Revolution, Waiting for Snow in Havana, won the U.S. National Book Award for Nonfiction. A second memoir, Learning to Die in Miami focuses on the early years of his exile in the United States. His most recent book is They Flew: A History of the Impossible.

Here he focuses on accounts from the 16th and 17th century of individuals who were reported to either fly (i.e., levitate) or bilocate.

00:00:00 Introduction

00:02:24 The transition to modernity

00:16:04 Levitation in Spiritualism

00:20:28 Was St. Theresa influenced by God or the devil?

00:24:52 Mystical ecstasy

00:30:21 Joseph of Copertino

00:34:39 Contemporary instances

00:40:23 Bilocation

00:47:16 Academic acceptance

00:57:58 The double-levitation in Italy

01:08:21 Conclusion

(Recorded on November 17, 2023)

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Published on January 1, 2024


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