Jeffrey J. Kripal is the Associate Dean of Humanities and holds the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University and is the associate director of the Center for Theory and Research at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. He has previously taught at Harvard Divinity School and Westminster College and is the author of eight books, including The Flip. He lives in Houston, Texas.
One of the most provocative new books of the year, and, for me, mindblowing -- Michael Pollan [His] work will likely become more and more relevant to more and more areas of inquiry as the century unfolds. It may even open up a new space for Americans to reevaluate the personal and cultural narratives they have inherited, and to imagine alternative futures. * Los Angeles Review of Books * Kripal makes many sympathetic points about the present spiritual state of America. . . . [He] continues to believe that spirituality and science should not contradict each other, and that the Cartesian split between mind and body can be transcended * New York Times Book Review * [Kripal offers] a genuinely hopeful vision of what we yet could be in the mirror of what we have been -- Deepak Chopra [The Flip] will ignite conversations about the limits of science and the potential for dramatic shifts in perspective * Publishers Weekly * Wonderfully rich. . . . Reading this book is an embodied experience; it is yoga for the mind. The Flip is an important book that deserves a broad readership both inside and outside the academy * Reading Religion *