The Significance of Spiritual EpiphanieswithJeffrey Kripal

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Jeffrey J. Kripal is the J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought and former chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Rice University in Houston, Texas. His books include Kali’s Child, Esalen, Authors of the Impossible, The Serpent’s Gift, Mutants and Mystics, The Supernatural (with Whitley Strieber), and Secret Body. He is coauthor, with Elizabeth Krohn, of Changed in a Flash: One Woman’s Near-Death Experience and Why a Scholar Thinks It Empowers Us All. His most recent book is The Flip: Epiphanies of Mind and the Future of Knowledge. His website is

Professor Kripal organized the Archives of the Impossible symposium at Ric University. See

Here he points out that spiritual epiphanies can occur to individuals with strong scientific backgrounds and materialistic beliefs, such as Nobel laureate Kary Mullis or professional skeptic Michael Shermer. Sometimes, but not always, such events lead to profound shifts in belief. Synchronistic events can shape major cultural shifts, such has occurred with the Esalen Institute and the Human Potential Movement. He points out that, often, such epiphanies defy all attempts at rational explanation.

(Recorded on March 24, 2022)

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Published on April 4, 2022


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