If you are anything like me, it will be hard to convince you that Kripal's work is different, that it is not BS. And yet it is serious academic scholarship, built upon the critical framework that has been one of the proudest achievements of the humanities. Kripal is nothing if not keenly attuned to the necessity of critiquing the frameworks we use to assess different phenomena.
In January, I taught a course titled "Zen masters: history and criticism." The course outline was as follows: “What is the sound of one hand clapping?” “What was your name before you were born?” Though this course might not give you the correct answer to such mysterious questions, it will explore the characters that ask…Read more Student Project on Contemporary Zen Masters
As you know, I've been working on a piece on science fiction, utopia, and environmental thought. In a previous post, I wrote about a conference paper based on this research. Now, I'm proud to announce that I'm organizing a session for IFER on this topic, featuring two literature scholars whose work can be situated within…Read more Literature and Ecology
Working with Ike Sharpless on a session on science fiction and the environment, I was introduced to the dark science fiction series Black Mirror. One episode of this series, "Fifteen Million Merits," particularly affected my appreciation of how science fiction can propose new ways of thinking about the environment, something that has been my concern for a while now.