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.
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.