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Whitley Strieber and Jeffrey J. Kripal team up on this unprecedented and intellectually vibrant new framing of inexplicable events and experiences.

Rather than merely document the anomalous, these authors - one the man who popularized alien abduction and the other a renowned scholar - deliver a fast-paced and exhilarating study of why the supernatural is neither fantasy nor fiction, but a vital and authentic aspect of life.

Their suggestion? That all kinds of "impossible" things, from extra-dimensional beings to bilocation to bumps in the night, are not impossible at all: rather, they are a part of our natural world. But this natural world is immeasurably more weird, more wonderful, and probably more populated than we have so far imagined with our current categories and cultures, which are what really make these things seem "impossible".

The Super Natural considers that the natural world is actually a "super natural world" - and all we have to do to see this is to change the lenses through which we are looking at it and the languages through which we are presently limiting it. In short: the extraordinary exists if we know how to look at and think about it.

©2016 Walker & Collier, Inc., and Jeffrey J. Kripal (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"A cohesive reframing of the 'pantheon of the unknown'...A thought-provoking, intelligent reconceptualization of supernatural events." ( Kirkus)

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I will be reading more fromm Strieber

This book was perfectly placed along the path I am on, a path that has been blowing my mind at every step.

There is a lot of good stuff in this book from Strieber and from his co-author, Kripal. Kripal gets a tad too academic for me at points but it was worth it for the insights and ideas he provides.

As each chapter begins it is a mental game to figure out which author is speaking as there is no notification as to who authored each chapter. That could have been smoother.

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great book but hard as audio book

I really enjoyed the book but what I found to be most difficult was the fact that one narrator did both voices. I think things would have been clearer had they had two narrators or if he would have changed voices or something along those lines to differentiate between the two different authors in the chapters that they were writing.

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This book puts me to sleep

I had hoped for some real information regarding the supernatural. Instead, I get a book on human sexuality. I have not the will nor the time to complete this book.

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Not worth the time and money

It’s well written but it is hard to stay focused and follow the writer’s point. I would like to get my credit back on this one.

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Would have preferred Whitley narrate his parts

As an experiencer I believed these beings and my interactions over the years told me this is not some spaceman from another planet. These are interdimensional energies. So many facets to the nature of the phenomena we go through. I feel much of it does have to do with sexual energy and something they are taking from us during an orgasm. Not eggs, not sperm. My experiences have continued post hysterectomy. A harvesting of essence is the only way I can explain it in simple terms. The journey continues. I feel our participation in these experiences have opened the door for our ascension as our energies have now co-mingled.

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Whitley in rare form!

a must read for fans of Mr. Strieber! collaboration with a mental health doctor was a fantastic idea.

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Not finished yet

I haven't finished the book yet but I must say trauma is not the only means of transformation, to think clearly and disregard the finite mind and accept an infinite mind. Energy, frequency and vibration do not care what our human mind can deal with, enjoying book still but there are many ways other than trauma to see the "Supernatural" it takes an open mind and the realization that the universe is not here just for us humans our ego and hubris are our limitations. Also to think Animals don't understand their consciences and surroundings is laughable, Animals know that which we humans have forgotten and that is we humans are still animals and part of the whole not separate from it.

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Disappointing

When I was right out of high school I got the UFO , flying saucer bug ,I read just about everything on alien abduction until I realized that every book was saying the same thing basically except for one book communion by W. Striebler. Then 35 years later I read this book. I'm sorry but he can't make his mind up what happened to him. I know this genre is way out there but W. Stiebler is way, way, way out there. He does everything from making stuff up to imagining what he saw or what it means. Totally off on all alien books I've ever read. I just don't believe him. I will not listen to another book of his ever. He says his self he has millions of haters. That is because he is unbelievable. One minute it's aliens he says then it's not , then it's his on brain making his self see this stuff. Give me a break. Just terrible!!!! You want to read about true alien stuff read the book Alrea 51 the Author is a Pulitzer Prize winner and then read Phillip Corso's book The day after Rosewell. He is retired army colonel he worked at the pentagon and was secretly appointed to examine a lot of the artifacts ( technology) from the crash as well as over seeing reverse technology on the items such as night vision , particle beam technology and Kevlar.

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Finally! Intelligence, rationality and open mindedness together at last.

Thanks for doing this book to both Whitley and Jeffrey. The first thing I do when I experience strange stuff is go digging around for other experiences that “resonate”. The second thing I do is go search for examples in mythology. I never considered that comparative work was the underpinning of my natural instincts.

Thoughtful philosophical discussions are so, so important when dealing with these kinds of experiences.

I’m so happy to have found this work that challenges the reader to dig into self as questions lead to more questions. So much better that “proof” or “debunking” as the only two reactions normally offered.

Go, go 4th mind contemplation!!!

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Nasty

Unless you're into hearing about some new age dude getting raped by demons, don't bother.

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