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How to Think Impossibly

June 28 @ 4:00 pm July 1 @ 2:00 pm CEST


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Reservation Fee Jeffrey Kripal (remaining balance due 525 euros)
The event fee of 725 euros includes a 3-night stay in private accommodation (single occupancy or double occupancy for couples) and all meals. It also includes activities, materials, and teaching sessions. To secure a place you must make a non-refundable deposit of 200 euros at the time of registration. All deposits will be returned in full if the event is cancelled because of insufficient registration. The balance of 525 euros must be received four weeks before the commencement, i.e. before May 31, 2024. The balance cannot be refunded if you decide to cancel after June 14, two weeks before the commencement. If, having paid the full fee, you cancel your registration more than two weeks before the start of the event, the fee minus the deposit will be refunded. There will be no refund for cancellations after that date. We reserve the right to make changes to program if necessary. The Pari Center reserves the right to require a participant to leave the Center during an event if his or her attendance is not in the best interests of the other participants or the Center. You consent to the Pari Center to using any photographic, audio recording or video material from the event that may include yourself. Please contact us if you require any further information.
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How to Think Impossibly:
A mind-bending invitation to experience the impossible as fundamentally human

June 28 – July 1, 2024

Speakers: Jeffrey J. Kripal

Curated and Chaired by: Àlex Gómez-Marín

Location: Pari, Italy

Price: 725.00 euros, which includes:

  • a 3-night stay in private accommodation;
  • breakfast, lunch and dinner at the local restaurant featuring locally sourced produce and traditional dishes;
  • water, wine, and coffee are provided with lunch and dinner;
  • programmed activities and materials;
  • refreshments provided at mid-morning and mid-afternoon coffee breaks.

Event: The event starts on Friday June 28 at 16:00 with a welcome dinner and ends on Monday July 1 after lunch.

From precognitive dreams and telepathic visions to near-death experiences, UFO encounters, and beyond, so-called impossible phenomena are not supposed to happen. But they do happen—all the time. Jeffrey J. Kripal asserts that the impossible is a function not of reality, but of our everchanging assumptions about what is real.

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About the Event 

How to Think Impossibly invites us to think about these fantastic (yet commonplace) experiences as an essential part of being human, expressive of a deeply shared reality that is neither mental nor material but gives rise to both. 

Thinking with specific individuals and their extraordinary experiences in vulnerable, open, and often humorous ways, Kripal interweaves humanistic and scientific inquiry to develop an awareness that the fantastic is real, the supernatural is super natural, and the impossible is possible.

Prof. Kripal’s new book, How to Think Impossibly, will be published on July 3rd, 2024.

As complimentary preparation material, participants will receive an exclusive digital copy of the Prologue and Introduction of the book before its publication, as well as a signed physical copy of the book while in Pari.

Participating in an event at the Pari Center means living for a week in a medieval village, mingling with the tiny local population, eating local dishes and drinking local wines, appreciating the beauty of the surrounding countryside, and participating in a very gentle way of life far from the frenzy of work and city living. David Peat compared Pari to an alchemical vessel—a place where transformation can come about—as well as an opportunity to pause for a moment and re-assess one’s life. It’s a unique opportunity open to everyone.

Please contact Eleanor if you would like more information about this event at: eleanor@paricenter.com


Intro (Friday afternoon): Thinking-with experiencers…

Part 1 (Saturday morning): World of the dead and the nature of soul

Part 2 (Saturday afternoon): Praying mantises, flying sauces and professional comedians

Part 3 (Sunday morning): Neuro-diversity and multi-verses

Part 4 (Sunday afternoon): Time travel, quantum physics 

Outro (Monday morning): How to pull it all together

Jeffrey J. Kripal is the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University. He also helps direct the Center for Theory and Research at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California and sits on numerous advisory boards in the U.S. and Europe involving the nature of consciousness and the human, social, and natural sciences. Most recently, Jeff is the author of The Superhumanities: Historical Precedents, Moral Objections, New Realities (Chicago, 2022), where he intuits an emerging order of knowledge that can engage in robust moral criticism but also affirm the superhuman or nonhuman dimensions of our histories and futures. His forthcoming book is How to Think Impossibly: About Souls, UFOs, Time, Belief, and Everything Else (Chicago, 2024). He is presently working on a three-volume study of paranormal currents in the sciences, modern esoteric literature, and the hidden history of science fiction collectively entitled The Super Story: Science (Fiction) and Some Emergent Mythologies. His full body of work can be seen at http://jeffreyjkripal.com  He thinks he may be Spider-Man.