Jeffrey Kripal, who chairs the Department of Religious Studies at Rice University, is an authority on the mysterious. His books include a wildly controversial study of Ramakrishna’s mysticism; a history of Esalen, an influential spiritual retreat center tucked away in the cliffs of Big Sur; and, now, a probing investigation of several very mysterious thinkers: Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred.
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Among “ancient astronaut” theorists, inhabiting a realm somewhere between pseudo-science and science fiction (see my 2008 overview at The Smart Set), the most elusive and alluring is Zecharia Sitchin. The New York Times‘s Corey Kilgannon has just done us the service of profiling of the man, even offering a glimpse into the Upper West Side apartment where he has lived for 54 years.